Regional Wildlife Biologist Robin Woodin reports enjoying a symphony of bird song recently in the Willapa Hills at dawn.

The performance opened with tree swallows, calling and foraging over an hour before sunrise. Next to chime in were western tanagers, with a song described as "a robin needing a throat lozenge." Winter wrens joined the chorus with a blasting "squeaky wheel" sound belying their tiny, 4-inch body size.

In quick order, robins, Pacific-slope flycatchers and Swainson's thrushes joined in, with spotted towhee, Stellar's jay, Oregon junco and olive-sided flycatchers right behind. Ten minutes before sunrise, a rufous hummingbird buzzed by. Immediately after sunrise, a hairy woodpecker, orange-crowned and Wilson's warblers, black-capped chickadees, warbling vireos, northern flicker and black-headed grosbeak added their voices.

Finally, an "early-to-bed, late-to-rise" pileated woodpecker added its two cents worth an hour and ten minutes after sunrise.

-Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife Weekly Report

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