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This tiny hummer winters in Mexico and migrates north as far as Southcentral Alaska. It is fiercely territorial and will drive away other, larger hummingbirds from feeders. The males perform stunning oval-shaped courtship flights. Find Rufous Hummingbirds along the Great Washington State Birding Trail.
DDT nearly did in this species in a family classification all its own, but banning the pesticide in the early 1970s helped the Osprey’s comeback. They soar and hover above rivers, lakes, and estuaries, then plunge feet first into the water to catch live fish. Find Ospreys along the Great Washington State Birding Trail.
East of the mountains, you’ll see these summer migrants mostly in cattail marshes. On the Westside they venture further into wet lowland shrub thickets. To appeal to potential mates, the black-masked males sing as they perform aerial displays rising 100 feet into the air or perch on tall stalks flicking their wings and tails. Find Common Yellowthroats along the Great Washington State Birding Trail