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Bluebirds Spotted For 1st Time In Clark County


This April 24, 2009, photo shows a male bluebird that was captured at Tenalquot Prairie at Ft. Lewis, Washington.

This April 24, 2009, photo shows a male bluebird that was captured at Tenalquot Prairie at Ft. Lewis, Washington.

Lui Kit Wong/The News Tribune via AP

A variety of bird never before seen in Clark County was recently spotted here. Now, backyard habitat experts are asking the public to keep their eyes out for the little birdies, and possibly offer them a bit of help.

“We want to encourage people to keep an eye out for (Western) bluebirds and to let us know if they see them,” Erika Johnson, coordinator for Clark County Master Gardeners said in a news release. “We may be able to offer nest boxes and help with monitoring.”

Johnson said she first spotted a handful of the birds about seven years ago at Heritage Farm on Northeast 78th Street. Then, after the big freeze last winter, she found four of them dead, huddled together in a birdhouse. That spring she saw a female fly north across 78th Street.

The sightings were exciting, but also strange. Neither local birders nor officials from nearby wildlife refuges had records of ever seeing them in Clark County before Johnson spotted them.

Read the whole story at The Columbian.

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