Birding in the Pacific Northwest has never been easier!Birds of the Pacific Northwest describes and illustrates more than 400 bird species commonly encountered in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia. This comprehensive, full-color guide is organized to follow the order in which groups and species are presented by the American Union. Range maps for each species provide valuable information for identification.
About the Author
John Shewey is a freelance writer, author, editor, and professional outdoor photographer. He has photographed birds from the mountains of Alaska to the jungles of Central America to the islands of the Caribbean.
Tim Blount has birded extensively in the United States and Europe. He is a director with the Oregon Birding Association and a board member of the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Blount helps organize and conduct bird surveys on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding areas and has guided numerous groups and individuals in Oregon, sharing his love of birds with beginners and experts alike.
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Introduction: Birdwatching in the Pacific Northwest The corner of the world we know as the Pacific Northwest is home to an amazing array of bird life. From the southern borders of Oregon and Idaho, north to southern British Columbia, to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and east to the Rocky Mountains, almost 400 bird species occur. This includes nearly 300 breeding species, thanks to the region’s incredibly diverse habitat types: open ocean, beaches and bays, coniferous forest, deciduous woodlands, mixed forests, high mountains, deserts, shrub steppe, rivers and lakes big and small, just to name a few. Such a rich and varied assemblage of habitats assures an equally varied avian population, from bird species that occupy very small enclaves of the region, to widespread generalists that occur in many habitats. Birding strategies here are diverse, as well—from a casual interest to the near-addictive pursuit of certain species. Indeed, birdwatching enthusiasts from the far-flung corners of the United States and beyond routinely travel to the Pacific Northwest to pursue their passion—and for good reason: they can see birds found few other places and they can observe substantial numbers of species that are new to them. We ourselves are Pacific Northwest lifers; we’ve lived in various parts of both Oregon and Idaho, and traveled substantially throughout the region. This is our home, and the amazing diversity of birds and habitats in the Northwest is a big reason why. This guide is the culmination of our passion for birds, the Pacific Northwest, and in particular, Pacific Northwest birds. Our hope for Birds of the Pacific Northwest is to serve all levels of birdwatchers, whether you simply enjoy feeding songbirds in your backyard or are an ardent enthusiast who considers birding your primary hobby. Carry the book with you in the field, keep it handy on your bookshelf, study it and learn more about your favorite species and birds that are new to you. Above all, enjoy it and embrace the wonder of Northwest birds.