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
Potholes State Park is an island of trees surrounded by water and scrub habitat. Breeding passerines include Bullock's Orioles and Black-billed Magpies. Check the Western Grebes on the water, and you may spot a Clark's. Check the shoreline for wading birds, including Great Egrets and Black-crowned Night-Herons and a variety of shorebirds.