The little songbird has been Washington’s official state bird since 1951, but a bill by Rep. Ross Hunter that has bipartisan support would strip that title from the willow goldfinch and give it to the great blue heron:
AN ACT Relating to naming the state bird; and amending RCW 1.20.040.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON: Sec. 1. RCW 1.20.040 and 1951 c 249 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
The ((willow goldfinch)) great blue heron is hereby designated as the official bird of the state of Washington.
A push is also on in Olympia to make coffee the state beverage.