Category Archives: Backyard Birds

Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)

Identifying Them: Bullock’s Orioles are about 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches long, with wingspans of about a foot. Mature, breeding males have a darker orange-yellow plumage and darker black wings than non breeding males, who look more like mature … Continue reading

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Rock Pigeons, (Rock Doves) (Columba Livia)

    Rock Pigeons were first found in North Africa and Europe but are now most commonly seen across the Western Hemisphere, from Northern Canada to the Southern parts of South America. Identifying Them: Rock Pigeons or “Rock Doves” are … Continue reading

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Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)

Identifying Them: Females are a light green-gold color and have a pink-purple coloring on their necks. Males’ bodies and wings are more of a darker green-gold color, and their head is almost entirely (not just their neck) pink-purple, as seen … Continue reading

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Black-capped Chickadees

The flocks have many different calls with specific meanings, and the calls may actually contain some of the characteristics of the human language. Identifying Them: Black-capped Chickadees are small birds with a length of 5 inches and a wingspan of 8 … Continue reading

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Varied Thrushes

Identifying Them: Varied Thrushes are between 7 and 10 inches with a wingspan of 13-17 inches. They are small birds but are big in comparison to other thrushes. Males and females don’t look very different except females’ features are a bit lighter … Continue reading

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Yellow Warblers, Setophaga Petechia.

Identifying Them: It’s fairly easy to spot a yellow warbler because their entire body is yellow except their beaks, feet and wings. Even females are easy to spot because they are still yellow but just a little duller in color. … Continue reading

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Evening Grosbeaks

Identifying Them: Evening Grosbeaks are part of the Fringillidae family which is a family of finches. They are a larger specie of finches with a height of 6-8 inches and a wingspan of 12-14 inches. Females look similar except they … Continue reading

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