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Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii

Common at low and middle elevations of Kittitas County in hardwood forests, wetlands, irrigated farmlands, and orchards, reaching greatest density in mature cottonwoods along streams. Slowly increasing west of Cascade crest, where hardwood trees regenerating in formerly conifer-dominated areas multiply breeding opportunities. Now uncommon to fairly common, but local, in parks, suburbs, rural landscapes, and riparian growth of lowland King County. Three "confirmed" BBA records from Kitsap County, but not detected in Island County and—except for northern tip of Whidbey Island—not predicted to breed there by Washington Gap report (Smith et al. 1997).