Birds

If you are ready to do some birding in your own backyard then check out the Seattle Audubon Society’s Guide to Local Bird Watching to identify common species and learn about other nearby regions for excellent bird watching in your area!
 
There are wide varieties of all types of birds in our area including blue jays, robins, swallows and cardinals. These are just a few of the different birds that you might see in the area.
Blue Jay perching on branch
Make Your Own Bird Feeder
Once you have become a local bird expert, invite birds into your yard by making easy bird feeders like this pine cone feeder! Share this project with friends and family, it’s a great way to get kids involved. Use the following steps to create your bird feeder: 
  1. Start by collecting some pine cones from your yard.
  2. Tie a string around the top of the pine cones, and then use a spatula to cover the pine cones with peanut butter.
  3. Next, roll the cones covered in peanut butter in birdseed. You can also try using oats or cornmeal in addition to the birdseed.
  4. Hang the pine cones in your yard where the birds can get to them. Hanging them from trees or a backyard roof are good places to start!
West Nile Virus
Dead birds in your yards might be putting you at risk. Find out the facts regarding the virus and dead bird disposal on  the Washington State Department of Health website.