Although it is better known as a tourist destination, Lake Chelan and its surrounding areas have a lot to offer bird-watchers. From Bald Eagles fishing off the lakeshore to Red-naped Sapsucker and mountain waterfowl species that can be seen on the south end of the 55-mile-long lake, this is an interesting place to explore in the late spring, summer, and early fall months.
Habitats: Riparian, wetland, mixed forest. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Northern Goshawk; Chukar; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black and Vaux’s Swifts; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Whiteheaded, Lewis’s, Black-backed, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing.
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