Birds of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness would like to thank Jon Isacoff of Gonzaga University for contributing these photos and for compiling the list below. Thanks Jon!

  • Male Dusky Grouse-Mt. Spokane-10-01-2009
    Male Dusky Grouse
  • Sharp Shinned Hawk
    Sharp Shinned Hawk
  • 129-Cooper's Hawk-Spokane-06-2008
    Cooper’s Hawk
  • Northern Pygmy Owl Liberty Lake 1-01-08-2010
    Northern Pygmy Owl
  • Hairy Woodpecker
    Hairy Woodpecker
  • 302-Flicker-Bassett Park-09-23-2008
    Northern Flicker
  •  Pileated Woodpecker
    Pileated Woodpecker
  • 304-Olive-sided Flycatcher-Spokane-08-09-2009
    Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Cassin's Vireo-Iller Creek 2-04-28-2010
    Cassin’s Vireo
  • 336-Warbling Vireo-Gonzaga 1-05-22-2009
    Warbling Vireo
  • Gray Jay-Mt. Spokane 2-10-01-2009
    Gray Jay
  • Stellar's Jay-Sherlock Peak-07-16-2010
    Stellar’s Jay
  • Clark's Nutcracker
    Clark’s Nutcracker
  • 359-Mountain Chickadee-Okanogan Highlands-02-03-2009
    Mountain Chickadee
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee-Liberty Lake-03-23-2010
    Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  • 360-Red-breasted Nuthatch-Spokane-08-23-2009
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • 371-Winter Wren-Bunchgrass Meadows-07-03-2009
    Winter Wren
  • American Dipper
    American Dipper
  • Mountain Bluebird-Telford Road-04-08-2010
    Mountain Bluebird
  • 384-Hermit Thrush-Kamiak Butte 1-09-10-2009
    Hermit Thrush
  • 388-Varied Thrush-Pass Creek Pass-07-02-2009
    Varied Thrush
  • Orestera Orange-crowned Warbler-Sherlock Peak-07-16-2010
    Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler-Gonzaga 2-04-14-2010
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Townsend's Warbler-Mt. Spokane-05-25-2010
    Townsend’s Warbler
  • American Redstart-Stevens County-07-15-2010
    American Redstart
  • MacGillvray's Warbler-Colville Reservation-05-14-2010
    MacGillvray’s Warbler
  • Fox Sparrow-Davenport Cemetery 2-04-19-2010
    Fox Sparrow
  • Western Tanager-Mt. Spokane-05-25-2010
    Western Tanager
  • Cassin's Finch-Spokane-06-06-2010
    Cassin’s Finch
  • Red Crossbill-Turnbull NWR-03-07-2010
    Red Crossbill


Jon Isacoff

About the phographer:

Jon Isacoff is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University. He received his B.A. and M.P.A. at Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jon has designed a unique Service-Learning course on Ecology and Environmentalism in partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

Jon served as Co-Chair of the Hiking Committee of the Spokane Mountaineers from 2006-2008. He is a Lifetime Member of the Spokane Audubon Society and a Regional Reviewer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s, and is the Washington Birder County Year Lister for Spokane County.

Jon has been birding, hiking, and backpacking for 27 years. He has hiked and backpacked in 10 states on both coasts of the US.

Although he does not have an official “favorite bird”, when asked the question, the Pygmy Nuthatch always seems to come to mind!



Printable version – Birds_of_SPW.pdf  (73kb PDF file)


Birds of the
Scotchman Peaks Region – 196 Species

BLUE = Common
GREEN = Uncommon
YELLOW = Harder to find
RED = Very Rare

(<10 records)

Compiled by Jon Isacoff
Spring = March-May
Summer = June-August
Fall = September-October
Winter = December-February
Resident = All Year
52 – Resident Breeding Species
89 – Migrant Breeding Species
55 – Migrant Non-Breeding Species
I. Birds of the Upland Region/Wilderness
96 Species 45 – Resident Breeding Species
44 –
Migrant Breeding Species
7 – Migrant Non-Breeding Species
*Harlequin Duck Spring/Summer Yes  
Ring-necked Pheasant Resident Yes  
Ruffed Grouse Resident Yes  
*Spruce Grouse Resident Yes  
*White-tailed Ptarmigan Resident Yes  
*Dusky Grouse Resident Yes  
Wild Turkey Resident Yes  
Turkey Vulture Spring/Summer/Fall No  
Sharp-shinned Hawk Resident Yes  
Cooper’s Hawk Resident Yes  
*Northern Goshawk Resident Yes  
Red-tailed Hawk Resident Yes  
Golden Eagle Fall/Winter/Spring No  
American Kestrel Resident Yes  
*Merlin Resident Yes  
*Flammulated Owl Resident Yes  
Western Screech Owl Resident Yes  
Great Horned Owl Resident Yes  
*Northern Hawk Owl Winter No  
*Northern Pygmy Owl Resident Yes  
Barred Owl Resident Yes  
*Great Gray Owl Winter No  
*Boreal Owl Resident Yes  
Northern Saw-whet Owl Resident Yes  
Common Nighthawk Summer Yes  
Vaux’s Swift Summer Yes  
Black-chinned Hummingbird Summer Yes  
Calliope Hummingbird Summer Yes  
Rufous Hummingbird Summer Yes  
Belted Kingfisher Resident Yes  
Red-Naped Sapsucker Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Downy Woodpecker Resident Yes  
Hairy Woodpecker Resident Yes  
*American Three-toed WP Resident Yes  
*Black-backed WP Resident Yes  
Northern Flicker Resident Yes  
Pileated Woodpecker Resident Yes  
*Olive-sided Flycatcher Summer Yes  
Western Wood-Pewee Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Willow Flycatcher Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Hammond’s Flycatcher Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Dusky Flycatcher Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Cordillerian Flycatcher Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Cassin’s Vireo Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Warbling Vireo Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Red-eyed Vireo Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
*Gray Jay Resident Yes  
*Stellar’s Jay Resident Yes  
*Clark’s Nutcracker Resident Yes  
Common Raven Resident Yes  
Horned Lark Resident Yes  
Tree Swallow Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Violet-green Swallow Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Black-capped Chickadee Resident Yes  
Mountan Chickadee Resident Yes  
*Chestnut-backed Chickadee Resident Yes  
*Boreal Chickadee Resident Yes  
Red-breasted Nuthatch Resident Yes  
Brown Creeper Resident Yes  
Winter Wren Resident Yes  
*American Dipper Resident Yes  
Golden-crowned Kinglet Resident Yes  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Spring/Fall No  
Mountain Bluebird Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Townsend’s Solitaire Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Swainson’s Thrush Summer/Fall Yes  
*Hermit Thrush Summer/Fall Yes  
American Robin Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Varied Thrush Resident Yes  
Orange-crowned Warbler Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Nashville Warbler Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Yellow-rumped Warbler Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Townsend’s Warbler Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
*American Redstart Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
*Northern Waterthrush Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
MacGillvray’s Warbler Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Wilson’s Warbler Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Western Tanager Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Spotted Towhee Resident Yes  
Chipping Sparrow Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Vesper Sparrow Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Fox Sparrow Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Savannah Sparrow Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Song Sparrow Resident Yes  
Lincoln’s Sparrow Spring/Fall No  
White-crowned Sparrow Spring/Fall No  
Dark-eyed Junco Resident Yes  
Black-headed Grosbeak Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Lazuli Bunting Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
*Pine Grosbeak Resident Yes  
Cassin’s Finch Resident Yes  
Red Crossbill Resident Yes  
*White-winged Crossbill Resident Yes  
Pine Siskin Resident Yes  
Evening Grosbeak Resident Yes  
*Boreal Specialty Species      
II. Birds of the Lake Pend Oreille
71 Species 16 – Resident Breeding Species
12 –
Migrant Breeding Species
43 – Migrant Non-Breeding Species
Greater White-fronted Goose Spring/Fall No  
Snow Goose Spring/Fall No  
Cackling Goose Spring/Fall No  
Canada Goose Resident Yes  
Trumpeter Swan Fall/Winter No  
Tundra Swan Fall/Winter No  
Wood Duck Resident Yes  
Gadwall Resident Yes  
Eurasian Wigeon Fall/Winter/Spring No  
American Wigeon Fall/Winter/Spring No  
Mallard Resident Yes  
Blue-winged Teal Summer Yes  
Cinammon Teal Summer Yes  
Northern Shoveler Resident Yes  
Northern Pintail Fall/Winter/Spring No  
Green-winged Teal Fall/Winter/Spring No  
Canvasback Fall/Winter/Spring No  
Redhead Resident Yes  
Ring-necked Duck Resident Yes  
Greater Scaup Fall/Winter/Spring No  
Lesser Scaup Fall/Winter/Spring No  
Surf Scoter Fall/Winter No  
White-winged Scoter Fall/Winter No  
Bufflehead Fall/Winter/Spring No  
Common Goldeneye Fall/Winter/Spring No  
Barrow’s Goldeneye Fall/Winter/Spring No  
Hooded Merganser Resident Yes  
Common Merganser Resident Yes
Ruddy Duck Resident Yes  
Pacific Loon Fall/Winter No  
Common Loon Fall/Winter No  
Pied-billed Grebe Resident Yes  
Horned Grebe Fall/Winter No  
Red-necked Grebe Resident Yes  
Western Grebe Fall/Winter No  
Double-crested Cormorant Spring/Summer/Fall No  
American Bittern Spring/Summer Yes  
Great Blue Heron Resident Yes  
Osprey Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Bald Eagle Resident Yes  
Virginia Rail Spring/Summer Yes  
Sora Spring/Summer Yes  
American Coot Resident Yes  
Black-bellied Plover Spring/Fall No  
Semipalmated Plover Spring/Fall No  
Killdeer Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Black-necked Stilt Spring No  
American Avocet Spring No  
Greater Yellowlegs Spring/Fall No  
Lesser Yellowlegs Spring/Fall No  
Solitary Sandpiper Spring/Fall No  
Spotted Sandpiper Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Semipalmated Sandpiper Spring/Fall No  
Western Sandpiper Spring/Fall No  
Least Sandpiper Spring/Fall No  
Baird’s Sandpiper Spring/Fall No  
Long-billed Dowitcher Spring/Fall No  
Common Snipe Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Wilson’s Phalarope Spring/Fall No  
Franklin’s Gull Spring/Fall No  
Bonaparte’s Gull Spring/Fall No  
Mew Gull Winter No  
Ring-billed Gull Resident Yes  
California Gull Spring/Summer/Fall No
Herring Gull Winter No  
Thayer’s Gull Winter No  
Sabine’s Gull Spring/Fall No  
Marsh Wren Spring/Fall/Summer Yes  
American Pipit Spring/Fall No  
Yellow Warbler Spring/Summer Yes  
Common Yellowthroat Spring/Summer Yes  
III. Town and Farm Species 29 Species 11 – Resident Breeding Species 13 –
Migrant Breeding Species
5 – Migrant Non-Breeding Species
Northern Harrier Resident Yes  
Rough-legged Hawk Winter No  
Rock Pigeon Resident Yes  
Mourning Dove Resident Yes  
Western Kingbird Spring/Summer Yes  
Eastern Kingbird Spring/Summer Yes  
Northern Shrike Winter No  
Blue Jay Winter No  
Black-billed Magpie Resident Yes  
American Crow Resident Yes  
Bank Swallow Resident Yes  
Cliff Swallow Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Barn Swallow Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Western Bluebird Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Veery Summer Yes  
Gray Catbird Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
European Starling Resident Yes  
Bohemian Waxwing Winter No  
Cedar Waxwing Resident Yes  
Red-winged Blackbird Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Western Meadowlark Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Yellow-headed Blackbird Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Brewer’s Blackbird Spring/Summer/Fall Yes  
Brown-headed Cowbird Spring/Summer Yes  
Bullock’s Oriole Spring/Summer Yes  
House Finch Resident Yes  
Common Redpoll Winter No  
American Goldfinch Resident Yes  
House Sparrow Resident Yes  
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