BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State
Bird of the Week
Named for the protuberance at the base of its bill - which both male and female have - the Rhinoceros Auklet can be found in Washington salt water year-round. This relative of the puffin breeds in sandy burrows throughout Puget Sound. To protect itself from predators, it forages at night for food for its young. The species loses its horn in winter.
Birding Site of the Week
Consider attending the annual Audubon Wenas Campout on Memorial Day weekend. The area around the campground is an excellent place for White-headed Woodpeckers and all three nuthatches. The riparian habitats host Red-naped Sapsuckers, Veeries, and MacGillivray's Warblers. Look for Calliope Hummingbirds and Lazuli Buntings on the brushy hillside.