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Master Birder Connie Sidles reports over 100 species of birds have been spotted in Yesler Swamp. Keep an eye out for these:

Buffleheads, courtesy of Doug Parrot

Trumpeter Swan

Mute Swan

Canada Goose (has nested)

Wood Duck (has nested)


Gadwall (probably nested but very secretive)

Green-winged Teal

American Wigeon

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler

Ring-necked Duck


Common Merganser

Hooded Merganser

California Quail

Ring-necked Pheasant

Pied-billed Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron (used to be a heronry in the swamp)

Green Heron

American Bittern

Osprey (flying overhead)

Bald Eagle (of course, nested at Talaris)

Golden Eagle (!!! flying overhead and circling Webster Point; first ever for UBNA, seen last year)

Cooper’s Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk


Peregrine Falcon

Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Mew Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Virginia Rail

American Coot

Glaucous-winged Gull

Caspian Tern (flying overhead)

Rock Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon (trying to nest!)

Barred Owl

Eurasian Collared Dove

Common Nighthawk (flying overhead; may be my very favorite spot; saw it last year, a first for me at UBNA)

Black Swift

Vaux’s Swift

Anna’s Hummingbird (has nested)

Rufous Hummingbird (has nested)

Belted Kingfisher (probably nested – they make burrows)

Downy Woodpecker (has nested)

Northern Flicker (probably nested)

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Pileated Woodpecker

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Western Wood-pewee (probably nested)

Western Kingbird

Cassin’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Steller’s Jay

Western Scrub-jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Violet-green Swallow

Barn Swallow

Purple Martin

Bushtit (has nested)

Black-capped Chickadee (has nested)

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Brown Creeper (has nested)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Pacific Wren

Bewick’s Wren (has nested)

Marsh Wren (probably nested)

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Hermit Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush

Varied Thrush

American Robin (has nested)

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Orange-crowned Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Western Tanager

Spotted Towhee (probably nested)

Chipping Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Song Sparrow (probably nested)

White-throated Sparrow (a rarity)

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

(I will note that both Savannah Sparrows and the VERY rare Lark Sparrow were found in the field bordering the swamp)

Black-headed Grosbeak

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Red Crossbill

House Finch

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin

Evening Grosbeak

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