Rare and local breeder in central Kittitas County. Only "confirmed" record pair feeding fledgling on 24 June 2000 near Liberty, in high-quality, mature, hardwood-dominated forest preferred by this species. Most records represent late, displaced, spring-migrant males singing unsuccessfully on territory. Core Washington breeding range in hardwood forests of northeastern part of state. Nearest regular breeding to our area lies to north, with small numbers found at middle elevation along Skagit River in Skagit County; also breeds more intermittently to south, in western Klickitat County near Cascade crest.