Visit the Chief Timothy Habitat Management Unit in the southeast corner of Washington for good birding in all seasons.
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Chief Timothy Habitat Management Unit, Site 43 from “Palouse to Pines Loop” of Audubon Washington’s Great Washington State Birding Trail
Location: Off Highway 12 west of Clarkston, Asotin County, in Southeast Washington.
Habitat: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ribbon of deciduous trees and shrubs along the Snake River.
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Best seasons for birding: Good year-round.
Birds commonly seen: See golden eagles, great horned owls, mourning doves all year. Lazuli buntings migrate through in fall. Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks, bald eagles, green-winged teal come in winter. Hundreds of white-crowned and song sparrows stay winter through spring. Spot great blue herons in noisy spring rookery. Quiet nesters include western tanagers, Bullock’s orioles, yellow-breasted chats, yellow warblers. Caspian terns and gray catbirds come spring-summer, American goldfinches in summer.
Viewing tips: Take path through thicket to river and east 0.1 mile for view of heron rookery across slough. Continue on mowed path to midway parking; then 0.3 mile over field by trees, shrubs. Bonus: summer butterflies, dragonflies.
Getting there: From Highway 12 at Milepost 426.9, turn north into parking.
Source: Audubon Washington, Great Washington State Birding Trail maps. Seven maps are online (or order hard copies, $4.95 apiece) at wa.audubon.org. Birding trail app now available online.