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Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens

Fairly common but local in Kittitas County, utilizing shrubby riparian habitats in ponderosa pine/shrub-steppe ecotone and along Columbia and Yakima Rivers. Once rare but regular breeder in Washington west of Cascade crest (Jewett at al. 1953, Hunn 1982); has declined in recent decades but still shows up occasionally, as reflected by "possible" record from 25 May 1995 at Kent Ponds in southwestern King County. Summering chats recently recorded to north (Skagit County) and south (Pierce and Thurston Counties), but breeding not confirmed on Westside for many years.

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