Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest's Birds

Blackbirds:

Brown-Headed Cowbird  -  Brewer’s Blackbird  –  Bullock’s Oriole

 

 

Chickadees & Titmice:

Black-Capped Chickadee  -  Chestnut-Backed Chickadee  -  Bushtit

 

 

Creepers:

Brown Creeper

 

 

Ducks:

Wood Duck                        

 

 

Flycatchers:

Hammond’s Flycatcher  -  Pacific Slope Flycatcher                                  

Olive-Sided Flycatcher  -  Willow Flycatcher

Traill’s Flycatcher  -  Western Wood-Pewee

 

 

Grouse:

Ruffed Grouse

 

 

Gulls:

Glaucous-Winged Gull                                         

 

 

Hawks:

Goshawk  -  Sharp-Shinned Hawk  -  Cooper’s Hawk  -  Red-Tailed Hawk  -  American Kestrel  -  Merlin  - Northern Harrier  -  Bald Eagle

 

 

Humming birds:

Anna's Hummingbird  -  Ruby-Throated Hummingbird  -  Rufous Hummingbird

 

 

Jays & Crows:

Common Raven  -  Northwestern Crow Steller’s Jay                                                                                                              

 

 

Kinglets:

Golden-Crowned Kinglet  -  Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

 

 

Nuthatches:

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

 

 

Owls:

Western Screech Owl  -  Northern Saw-Whet owl  -  Great-Horned Owl  -           

Barred Owl                                                  

 

 

Pigeons & Doves

Band-Tailed Pigeon  -  Rock Dove  -  Mourning Dove  -  Eurasian Collared Dove

 

 

Sparrows & Finches:

American Goldfinch  -  Pine Siskin  -  House Finch  -  Purple Finch  -  Chipping Sparrow  - Fox sparrow  - Golden-Crowned Sparrow  -  House sparrow  -  Lincoln’s sparrow  - 

Song Sparrow  -  White-Crowned Sparrow  -  Black-Headed Grosbeak  -  

Evening Grosbeak  -  Red Crossbill  -  Dark-Eyed Junco  -  Spotted Towhee

 

 

Swallows & Swifts:

Black Swift  -  Barn Swallow  -  Rough-Winged Swallow  -  Tree Swallow  -  

Violet-Green Swallow

 

 

Tanagers:

Western Tanager                                                                         

       

                                                                                                                

Terns:

Caspian Tern

 

 

Thrushes:

American Robin  -  Swainson’s Thrush  -  Varied Thrush - Hermit Thrush

 

 

Warblers:

Audubon’s Warbler  -  Orange-Crowned Warbler  -  Black-Throated Grey Warbler  - McGillivray’s Warbler  - Townsend’s Warbler  -  Wilson’s Warbler  -  Yellow Warbler  - Yellow- Rumped Warbler

 

 

Waxwings:

Bohemian Waxwing  -  Cedar Waxwing                                                                         

 

 

Wrens:

Bewick’s Wren  -  Winter Wren  -  Pacific Wren

 

 

Woodpeckers:

Northern Flicker  -  Downy Woodpecker  -  Hairy Woodpecker  -  Pileated Woodpecker  - Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

 

 

Vireos:

Hutton’s Vireo  -  Red-Eyed Vireo  -  Solitary Vireo  -  Warbling Vireo

 

Bald Eagles commonly seen circling overhead.  -  Turkey Vultures occasionally seen circling in summer.

INTRODUCING LESS COMMONLY KNOWN BIRDS RESIDING IN SUNNYSIDE ACRES

WESTERN WOOD – PEWEE

 

Small and plain, this flycatcher of western woodlands is best known by its voice. Its burry, descending whistle has a hazy sound, well suited to hot summer afternoons. The bird also sings at dawn and dusk, including late in the evening when most other songbirds are quiet.

CEDAR WAXWING

 This striking songbird is often seen in small flocks. It arrives in mid-May and most have left by November; a few overwinter. Pink-brown plumage and yellow-tipped tail are diagnostic. A fruit-eater, it can become intoxicated on fermented berries in winter.

TREE SWALLOW

 

 Handsome aerialists with deep-blue iridescent backs and clean white fronts, Tree Swallows are a familiar sight in summer fields and wetlands . They chase after flying insects with acrobatic twists and turns, their steely blue-green feathers flashing in the sunlight. Tree Swallows nest in tree cavities; they also readily take up residence in nest boxes.

SAW WHET OWL

A tiny owl with a catlike face,

oversized head, and bright yellow 

eyes, the Northern Saw-whet Owl 

is practically bursting with attitude. Where mice and other small mammals are concerned this fierce, silent owl is

anything but cute. One of the most common owls in forests across northern North America  saw-whets are highly nocturnal and seldom seen. Their high-pitched too-too-too call is a common evening sound in evergreen mountain forests from January through May.               

PEREGRINE FALCON

The falcon’s long wings are sharply pointed in flight and its distinct dark moustache stands out against a whitish bit and dark  grey upper parts. It dives at high speed to catch prey such as shorebirds. It is commonly seen August to mid-May.

EURASIAN COLLORED DOVE

 

A large, pale gray-buff dove with a black collar, noticeably larger than the mourning dove. Its call, a monotonous repeated, trisyllabic kuk-koooo-kook, slightly nasal, with the emphasis on the middle note; also a harsher kwurr sometimes given in flight.

Cool Facts

  • Eurasian Collared-Doves made their way to North America via the Bahamas, where several birds escaped from a pet shop during a mid-1970s burglary; the shop owner then released the rest of the flock of approximately 50 doves.