Yard Bird List

Whose feeder is it? My yard goes from a street to a creek.  It encompasses 21 redwood trees, 3 birch trees, an oak tree, a spectacular Japanese Maple, two ornamental cherry trees, some madrone and a few native huckleberry bushes.  I have tons of rosemary and lavender in the front yard — soaked in sun.  In the back, I have much more shade  — lots of groundcover and a lovely rose garden.  We are still working on the garden — it just keeps getting better.  My feeder station is at my kitchen window although I don’t think it will stay there.  I feed hummingbird juice, sunflower seeds, thistle seeds, and in the winter, I add Zick Dough to the mix.  I feed the hummingbirds year round — we have Anna’s Hummingbirds all year and Allen’s/Rufus Hummingbirds in the winter through early summer.  On 30F mornings, those hummers really appreciate that I have the hummingbird juice out there.  To be counted as a yard bird, a bird has to be seen in my yard or in the air space above my yard.  My daily visitors are marked with an asterisk *.  I count any birds I have seen or heard from within my yard . . . even if they were across the street! 

  1. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
  2. Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
  3. Mountain Quail (Oreortyx pictus)
  4. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
  5. Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
  6. Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
  7. Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)
  8. Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) *
  9. Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (Life)
  10. Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) (Life)
  11. Hutton’s Vireo (Vireo huttoni) (Life)
  12. Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) *
  13. Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
  14. Common Raven (Corvus corax) *
  15. Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) *
  16. Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
  17. Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) *(Life)
  18. Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)
  19. Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (Life)
  20. American Robin (Turdus migratorius) *
  21. Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) (Life)
  22. Townsend’s Warbler (Dendroica townsendi)
  23. Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) (Life)
  24. California Towhee (Pipilo crissalis) *
  25. Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) (Life)
  26. Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) *
  27. Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) (Life)
  28. Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) (Life)
  29. House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
  30. Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) (Life)
  31. American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) (Life)
  32. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
  33. Western Screech-Owl (Megascops kennicottii) (Life)

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