Family

Bird

Location

Other notes

Loons

Common Loon

Ontario, Canada

 

Grebes

Western Grebe

California

Bolsa Chica, Castaic Lake

 

Eared Grebe

California

 

 

Pied-billed Grebe

California

 

Pelicans & Allies

Brown Pelican

Florida, California

 

 

American White Pelican

California

Sepulvida Basin

 

Double-Crested Cormorant

California

Very common at

lakes & coast

 

Anhinga

Florida

 

Waterfowl

Canada Goose

Ohio, California

 

 

Snow Goose

California

12-05 Malibu Lagoon

 

Ross’ Goose

California

Sepulvida Basin, Castaic

 

Mallard

everywhere

 

 

American Black Duck

Ohio

 

 

Northern Pintail

California

 

 

Gadwall

California

 

 

American Wigeon

Ohio, California

 

 

Northern Shoveler

California

 

 

Blue -Winged Teal

California

Bolsa Chica marsh

 

Cinnamon Teal

California

 

 

Green-winged Teal

California

Bolsa Chica, Malibu

 

Wood Duck

Ohio, California

Rare in CA.

 

Canvasback

California

San Jose area

 

Ring-necked duck

California

 

 

Lesser Scaup

California

Common in winter

 

Common goldeneye

California

Lake Castaic

 

Bufflehead

California

Common in winter

 

Surf Scoter

California

Exclusively marine

 

Common merganser

California

Castaic, 12-04, female

 

Red-Breasted Merganser

California

mostly marine

 

Hooded Merganser

Seattle Wash. area

Female only

 

Ruddy Duck

 

Very common in winter

Birds of Prey

Turkey Vulture

everywhere

 

 

Black Vulture

Florida

 

 

White-tailed Kite

California

Malibu, Central Valley

 

Swallow-Tailed Kite Florida

 Corkscrew Swamp,

April 2006

 

Northern Goshawk

Ontario, Canada

 

 

Cooper’s Hawk

California

 

 

Northern Harrier

California

San Jose area

 

Red-tailed Hawk

Ohio, California

Most common raptor

 

Swainson’s Hawk

Nebraska, Kansas

 

 

Broad-winged hawk

Ohio

 

 

Red-shouldered Hawk

California

Common and very vocal

 

Golden Eagle

California, Utah

 

 

Osprey

California

Lake Castaic, Sepulvida Basin

 

American Kestrel

Ohio, California

 

 

Prairie Falcon

California

Sometimes seen on local powerlines.

Gamebirds

California Quail

California

 

 

Northern Bobwhite

Ohio

 

 

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ohio

 

Herons & Allies

Great Egret

Florida, California

 

 

Snowy Egret

Florida, California

Very common

 

Cattle Egret

Florida

 

 

Great Blue Heron

everywhere

 

 

Tri-colored Heron

Florida

 

 

Little blue Heron

Florida

 

 

Green Heron

California

 

 

Black-Crowned Night-Heron

California

Very common

  Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Florida

Corkscrew Swamp,

April 2006

 

 

American Bittern

California

Sepulvia Basin. Oct. 2005

 

Wood Stork

Florida

 

 

White Ibis

Florida

April 2006

  White-faced Ibis California Lake Castaic, Sepulvida Basin
  Glossy Ibis Florida Corkscrew Swamp, April 2006

Cranes & Allies

Sandhill Crane

Nebraska, Florida

 

 

Sora Rail

California

Malibu Lagoon

 

Common Gallinule

Florida

 

 

Purple Gallinule

Florida

 

 

American Coot

California

Abundant on all bodies of water

Shorebirds

American Avocet

California

 

 

Black-necked Stilt

California

 

 

Black-Bellied Plover

California

 

 

Snowy Plover

California

Bolsa Chica, Malibu

 

Semipalmated Plover

California

 

 

Killdeer

Ohio, California

Common & noisy

 

Marbled Godwit

California

 

 

Long-billed Curlew

California

 

 

Whimbrel

California

 

 

Greater Yellowlegs

California

 

 

Solitary Sandpiper

Ohio

Metroparks area

 

Willet

California

Common on beaches

 

Spotted Sandpiper

California

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dowitcher sp.

California

Cannot tell between the two species

 

Red-necked Phalarope

California

Bolsa Chica, Malibu

 

American Woodcock

Ohio

 

 

Ruddy Turnstone

California

 

 

Black Turnstone

California

Malibu Lagoon

 

Sanderling

California

Common on beaches

 

Least Sandpiper

California

Very tiny

 

Western Sandpiper

California

 

Gulls & Terns

Western Gull

California

 

 

Herring Gull

Ohio, California

Abundant in Ohio

 

California Gull

California

 

  Laughing Gull Florida April 2006

 

Ring-billed Gull

California

 

 

Heerman’s Gull

California

 

 

Least Tern

California

Bolsa Chica

 

Forster’s Tern

California

 

  Royal Tern Florida Lover's Key, April 2006

 

Caspian Tern

California

 

 

Black Skimmer

Florida, California

 

Pigeons & Doves

Band-tailed Pigeon

California

 

 

Mourning Dove

Everywhere

Abundant

 

Spotted Dove

California

Orange County

 

Common Ground-Dove

Florida, Tucson area

 

Cuckoo family

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

Ohio

One sighting

 

Greater Roadrunner

California

 

Owls

Great Horned Owl

California

 

 

Barn Owl

California

 

 

Barred Owl

Ohio

 

Goatsuckers

Common Poorwill

California

On roads or trails at night

 

Common Nighthawk

Ohio

 

 

Lesser Nighthawk

California

 

Swifts

Chimney Swift

Ohio

Very common

 

Vaux’s Swift

California

 

 

White-Throated Swift

California

 

Hummingbirds

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Ohio, Ontario

 

 

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

Arizona

Grand Canyon area

 

Anna’s Hummingbird

California

Abundant

 

Black-chinned Hummingbird

California

 

 

Allen’s Hummingbird

California

Sepulvida Basin

 

Costa’s Hummingbird

California

 

Kingfishers

Belted Kingfisher

Ohio, California

 

Woodpeckers

Common Flicker

Ohio, California

 

 

Pileated Woodpecker

Florida

Sanibel Island

 

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Ohio

 

 

Gila Woodpecker

Arizona

Tucson area

 

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

California

Common.

 

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Ohio

 

 

Acorn Woodpecker

California

Abundant in woodland

 

White-Headed Woodpecker

California

Devil’s Punchbowl

area

 

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Ohio

 

 

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Ohio

 

 

Red-Breasted Sapsucker

California

 

 

Hairy Woodpecker

California, Washington State

 

 

Downy Woodpecker

Ohio, California

 

Perching Birds

Flycatchers

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Texas

 

 

Eastern Kingbird

Ohio

 

 

Western Kingbird

California

 

 

Ash-Throated Flycatcher

California

 

  Great Crested Flycatcher Florida Corkscrew Swamp, April 2006

 

Black Phoebe

California

Very common

 

Say’s Phoebe

California

Winter visitor

 

Western Wood-Pewee

California

Rice Canyon

Shrikes & Vireos

Loggerhead Shrike

California

CalArts

 

Red-Eyed Vireo

Ohio

 

 

Cassin’s (Solitary) Vireo

California

 

 

Warbling Vireo

California

Palm Desert

Swallows

Barn Swallow

Ohio, Ontario

 

 

Cliff Swallow

California

Very common

 

Violet-Green Swallow

California

 

 

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

California

 

 

Purple Martin

Ohio

 

Jays & Corvids

Blue Jay

Ohio

common

 

Steller’s Jay

California

Higher elevations

 

Scrub Jay

California

Abundant

 

Pinyon Jay

Arizona

Grand Canyon area

 

Yellow-Billed Magpie

California

Central Valley

 

Black-Billed Magpie

California

Convict Lake

 

Common Raven

California

 

 

American Crow

Ohio, California

 

Tits, Nuthatches &

Creeper

Oak (Plain) Titmouse

California

Common in woodlands

 

Tufted Titmouse

Ohio

 

 

Black-Capped Chickadee

Ohio, Washington State

 

 

Mountain Chickadee

California

Winter or at higher elevations

 

Chestnut-Backed Chickadee

Washington State

Seattle area

 

Verdin

California

Palm Desert

 

Bushtit

California

Abundant

 

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Washington State

Seattle area, in mixed flocks

 

White-breasted Nuthatch

Ohio, California

 

 

Pygmy Nuthatch

California

High elevations

 

Brown Creeper

Ohio, Washington State

 

 Wrens

Bewick’s Wren

California

Common

 

House Wren

Ohio, California

 

  Carolina Wren Florida Corkscrew Swamp, April 2006

 

Winter Wren

Washington State

 

 

Cactus Wren

Arizona, California

Tucson & Palm Desert

 

Rock Wren

California

Vasquez Rocks, Lake Castaic

 

Canyon Wren

California

Towsley Canyon

Thrushes & Allies

Wrentit

California

Topanga

 

Golden-Crowned Kinglet

Ohio, Washington State

 

 

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Ohio, California

 

 

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

California

 

 

Townsend’s Solitaire

California

CalArts, in winter

 

Western Bluebird

California

 

 

Eastern Bluebird

Ohio

 

 

Varied Thrush

California, Washington State

CalArts, in winter

 

American Robin

Everywhere

 

 

Hermit Thrush

California

CalArts, in Winter

  Swainson's Thrush California Placerita Canyon, in  spring 2006

 

Gray Catbird

Ohio

 

 

Northern Mockingbird

California

Abundant

 

Brown Thrasher

Ohio

12-04, at feeder.

 

California Thrasher

California

 

Starlings

European Starling

Everywhere

 

Pipits

American Pipit

California

CalArts, Lake Castaic, in winter

Silky-flycatchers &

Bulbuls

Phainopepla

California

 

 

Red-Whiskered BulBul

California

Huntington Gardens

 

Cedar Waxwing

Ohio, California

 

Wood Warblers

Lucy’s Warbler

Arizona

Grand Canyon area

 

Yellow Warbler

Ontario, Ohio

 

 

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Ohio

 

  Black & White Warbler Florida Corkscrew Swamp, April 2006

 

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

California

Abundant in winter

 

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Arizona, California

Grand Canyon & Palm Desert areas

 

Bay-Breasted Warbler

Ohio

 

 

American Redstart

Ohio, California

Migrant in CA.

 

Ovenbird

Ohio

 

 

Common Yellowthroat

California

Always by water

 

Wilson’s Warbler

California

Palm Desert

Tanagers, Cardinals & Allies

Western Tanager

California

 

 

Northern Cardinal

Ohio

Abundant

 

Black-Headed Grosbeak

California

 

 

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Ohio

 

 

Blue Grosbeak

Texas, California

 

 

Lazuli Bunting

California

 

 

Indigo Bunting

Florida

Sanibel island

 

Spotted Towhee

California

Abundant

 

Rufous-sided (Eastern) Towhee

Ohio

 

 

California (Brown) Towhee

California

Abundant

 

Abert’s Towhee

California

Palm Desert

 

Sage Sparrow

California

Devil’s Punchbowl, California City

 

 

Chipping Sparrow

Ohio, California

CalArts in winter

 

 

Savannah Sparrow

California

Belding’s race, at Bolsa Chica marsh

 

 

Vesper Sparrow

California

Sepulvida Basin

 

 

Lark Sparrow

California

 

 

 

Tree Sparrow

Ohio

 

 

 

Golden-Crowned Sparrow

California

Towsely Canyon, winter

 

 

White-Throated Sparrow

Ohio

 

 

 

White-Crowned Sparrow

Ohio, California

Abundant in winter

 

 

Song Sparrow

Ohio, California

Common

 

 

Dark-Eyed Junco

Ohio, California

Slate-Colored in Ohio, Oregon in CA

 

Icterids

Western Meadowlark

California

Winter visitor

 

 

Brown-headed Cowbird

Ohio, California

 

 

 

Bronzed Cowbird

Arizona

 

 

 

Red-Winged Blackbird

Ohio, California

Very common in Ohio

 

 

Brewer’s Blackbird

California

Abundant

 

 

Rusty Blackbird

Ohio

 

 

 

Common Grackle

Ohio

 

 

 

Great-Tailed Grackle

California, Nevada

Las Vegas area in Nevada

 

 

Bullock’s Oriole

California

 

 

 

Baltimore Oriole

Ohio

 

 

 

Hooded Oriole

California

CalArts

 

 

Scott’s Oriole

Arizona

Tucson area

 

Finches

House Finch

Ohio, California

Abundant

 

 

Red Crossbill

California

CalArts in winter

 

 

Common Redpoll

Ohio

Winter visitor

 

 

Pine Siskin

California

CalArts in winter

 

 

Lawrence’s Goldfinch

California

scarce & nomadic

 

 

Lesser Goldfinch

California

Very common

 

 

Common Goldfinch

Ohio, California

 

 

 

House Sparrow

Everywhere

declining