Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by taking part in one or more birding events in northeastern Washington. As a bonus, you may even see a moose! The Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge hosts an annual 2.5-mile bird walk along the ridge overlooking McDowell Lake, with an optional 2-mile walk to some beaver ponds. In early May you’ll see and hear migratory birds such as yellow warblers, common yellowthroats, vireos, chipping sparrows, all five swallow species, red-necked grebes, and red-winged blackbirds.
You'll also spot resident birds such as woodpeckers, chickadees, juncos, and nuthatches. Later in May even more migratory birds arrive. When we took this walk we also saw delicate forest wildflowers, Canada geese and goslings, several duck species, osprey and eagles (both carrying fish), painted turtles, six species of butterflies, white-tailed deer, moose tracks, and beaver signs.
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