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Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalis

Records generalized to full township/ranges; true population density thus much thinner than symbolized. Shrub steppe-denizen extremely rare in Kittitas County, marginally eligible for inclusion. Only breeding confirmation in atlas period dates to pre-1990 in vicinity of Lmuma Creek. Other mapped records, from March, probably represent migrants. Nests on cliffs, bluffs, man-made structures, and trees. Core Washington population near Tri-Cities continues in severe decline. Nested historically in Kittitas County although never numerous (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 1996); has apparently withdrawn concurrent with statewide decline, possibly due to preference for lower-elevation nest sites (J. Watson, pers.comm.).

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