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Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Fairly common near water throughout, from sea level to moderate elevation. Rarely recorded below ponderosa pine zone except along Columbia River. Most Kittitas County breeders concentrated along Yakima and Teanaway Rivers. Less common at higher elevation, but recorded to Snoqualmie Pass (3,000 feet). Nests on tree stubs and man-made structures such as power poles, usually in full view, resulting in high percentage of "confirmed" BBA records. Post-DDT population expansion in urban core has continued beyond atlas period, with multiple pairs now nesting in Seattle on cell-phone towers along Duwamish River.