Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Yard Birds

Weren't they a rock group in the 60's?  Part of the British Invasion, I seem to remember.  The current version of the Yard Birds may not be as loud, but they sure are a lot prettier!  Happily for us, many species of birds have adapted to human habitation, and provide us with the daily pleasure of their company right in our own back yards. 

Here, then, are the birds who visit me on a regular, or not so regular basis.  I'm not a purist, so if I see them in or from the yard, they count!

Every Day
Cactus Wren
House Finch
House Sparrow
Mourning Dove
White-winged Dove (summer)
Gambel's Quail
Cooper's Hawk
Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird
Gila Woodpecker
Lesser Nighthawk (summer)
Lesser Goldfinch
Brown-Crested Flycatcher (summer)

Often, but not Every Day
Northern Cardinal
Red-tailed Hawk
Harris' Hawk
Common Raven
Curve-billed Thrasher
Western Screech Owl
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Turkey Vulture
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Mockingbird

Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Sharp-shinned Hawk
American Kestrel
Great Horned Owl
Zone-Tailed Hawk
Lucy's Warbler
Rufous Hummingbird
White-Crowned Sparrow
Abert's Towhee
Purple Martin
Ash-Throated Flycatcher

Seen, But Rarely
Black Phoebe
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Yellow Warbler
Violet-Crowned Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Western Tanager
European Starling
Hooded Oriole
Black-Headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Yellow-Breasted Chat
Wilson's Warbler
Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Bewick's Wren
Inca Dove

I'm sure there are some I've forgotten.  I'm not always great about writing them down. 

Here's wishing you Happy Birding, even if it's just in your own back yard!


  1. You see wonderful birds in your yard! I loved all the birds and photos!

  2. Pretty much the same here. No Screech Owls, Canyon Tohes, Inca Doves anymore -they were breeding regularly. 2 spp of Orioles, brown headed Cowbirds, Whitechested swifts breeding in Twin Peak above us, but rarely any swallows. No starlings or grackles.
    Black vultures sometimes. Peregrine also, Prairie falcon quite often, hunting. Kestrels and gnatcatchers breeding, just fledged.
    Flycatchers, but which ones are they? Says Phoebe sometimes.
    Nice to compare! But I don't know where you are, I'm in Picture Rocks

  3. Impressive catalog you have there. Beautiful birds.

  4. I think we are blessed to have such a beautiful array of bird species that are prepared to share their space with us.

  5. Wow, that's quite a list! Must admit, am a little envious. Okay, MORE than a litte!


I welcome your comments, but those from Anonymous users, or those including links will be immediately reported as Spam to Blogger and will be deleted. Thanks for your understanding.