A Field Guide to Birds of the Pacific Northwest

by Tony Greenfield, with photography by Penny Hall

This handy guide features 126 common species of birds likely to be encountered in coastal areas of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The region is a bird watcher’s dream as diverse habitats ranging from marine and shoreline environments to mountain forests are all easily accessible, and each habitat has a wide variety of bird species. Every season is exciting in the bird world of the Pacific Northwest as the mild climate attracts many wintering birds and the summers see migrant species arriving from the south to breed.

Surf Scoter

Winter Residents

Snow goose, northern pintail, green-winged teal, trumpeter swan, American wigeon, northern shoveler, common goldeneye, black scoter, harlequin duck, ring-necked duck, greater scaup, surf scooter,...

Common Residents

Wood Duck, Mallard, Canada Goose, Hooded Merganser, Pied-Billed Grebe, Sooty Grouse, Common Merganser, Ruffed Grouse, Double-Crested Cormorant, Red-Tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Pelagic Cormorant, Great...
Rufous Hummingbird

Summer Residents

Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Spotted Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, Common Nighthawk, Band-Tailed Pigeon, Vaux's Swift, Willow Flycatcher, Rufous Hummingbird, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Hermit...
Eurasian Collared Dove

Uncommon or Unusual

Eurasian Collared-Dove, Red Crossbill, Peregrine Falcon, Great Horned Owl 
Bonaparte's Gull


Greater Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Long-Billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte's Gull, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Violet-Green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Rough-Winged Swallow, American...