BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State

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Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in North America and found from coast to coast. This species is a good example of "Gloger's Rule," i.e., within a species, more heavily pigmented individuals tend to be found in more humid environments. In Washington State, Downy Woodpeckers on the west side of the Cascades are darker than their counterparts to the drier east.

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Port Susan Bay

Puget Trough

Port Susan Bay provides critical habitat for large numbers of shorebirds and flocks of wintering ducks. In winter, expect to find Trumpeter and Tundra Swans and large numbers of Snow Geese foraging along the shoreline and in the fields. Raptors, including Short-eared Owls and Rough-legged Hawks, are seen regularly. Hedgerows provide wintering habitat for sparrows. The Nature Conservancy provides public access, but visitors need to make prior arrangements.

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