Image size 4.7.5 x 16.75″; trim size 6 x 18″ signed and hand-titled by Ed. This is the first of a new series of skinnies of specialty species around the country. This print is for the Northwest and it somewhat arbitrarily picks five species of birds that are “Specialty Birds” of the Northwest. We have no endemic species of birds here, but these are birds you can’t always find in various other parts of the country. The top bird is a Western Tanager, which occurs in coniferous forests throughout the West. The second from the top is a Townsend’s Warbler, which has a breeding range that is concentrated in Washington state, British Columbia, and Alaska. The third from the top is a Varied Thrush, whose flute-like haunting song is a sign that you are in a wet forest in Washington or British Columbia and usually above 2000 ft. in elevation. The third is the gorgeous Rufous Hummingbird, which has taken a beating in Washinton state but is still abundant there in the right places. A private feeder at Snoqualmie Summit sometimes attracts 40 or 50 at one time. Look for them in riparian areas with Salmonberry, and plant Salmonberry in your yard! The bottom bird is the famed Spotted Owl, which can be found from Arizona to British Columbia but is so rare this artist has never seen it in the wild; this bird is on the ropes. The latest threat is interbreeding and predation by it’s larger cousin the Barred Owl which hopscotched across the country thanks to what it must think of as our kindly habit of planting trees in the prairie.
I am very excited about this new series that I am working on. The next one may be “Specialty Birds of the Rio Grande Valley,” followed by Southeast Arizona, South Carolina, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Ohio and hopefully many more, but how long will I and this business survive?