Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest's Birds
Brown-Headed Cowbird - Brewer’s Blackbird – Bullock’s Oriole
Chickadees & Titmice:
Black-Capped Chickadee - Chestnut-Backed Chickadee - Bushtit
Hammond’s Flycatcher - Pacific Slope Flycatcher
Olive-Sided Flycatcher - Willow Flycatcher
Traill’s Flycatcher - Western Wood-Pewee
Goshawk - Sharp-Shinned Hawk - Cooper’s Hawk - Red-Tailed Hawk - American Kestrel - Merlin - Northern Harrier - Bald Eagle
Anna's Hummingbird - Ruby-Throated Hummingbird - Rufous Hummingbird
Jays & Crows:
Common Raven - Northwestern Crow Steller’s Jay
Golden-Crowned Kinglet - Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Western Screech Owl - Northern Saw-Whet owl - Great-Horned 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 -
American Robin - Swainson’s Thrush - Varied Thrush - Hermit Thrush
Audubon’s Warbler - Orange-Crowned Warbler - Black-Throated Grey Warbler - McGillivray’s Warbler - Townsend’s Warbler - Wilson’s Warbler - Yellow Warbler - Yellow- Rumped Warbler
Bohemian Waxwing - Cedar Waxwing
Bewick’s Wren - Winter Wren - Pacific Wren
Northern Flicker - Downy Woodpecker - Hairy Woodpecker - Pileated Woodpecker - Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.