Parakeet Auklet: Small seabird with black head and upperparts, white underparts, and distinct yellow-white plumes behind eyes. Has distinctive black-and-white patch on neck. The birds listed here are those that are likely to be seen in areas away from ponds, streams, rivers, cities and agriculture, i.e. Orange-brown crown is marked with fine dark lines. Sedge Wren: Small wren with white-streaked, brown upperparts and pale buff underparts. Black bill. Glaucous Gull: This large white gull has a pale gray back and yellow eyes. It has a short, stout, straight black bill and black legs and feet. It has a rufous crown, white eye ring and dark brown wings. Underparts are white with dark streaks on sides and yellow on throat and breast. Bill is black. It has pink legs and feet, yellow eyes with red orbital ring and a yellow bill with red spot near tip. Bouyant flight with steady wing beats, alternates several wing strokes with short to long glides. Tail is black with white edges. Flight is silent and bouyant on flicking wing beats. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: Medium flycatcher with pale gray upperparts and head, white underparts and throat, salmon-pink sides and flanks, and dark brown wings with white edges. Underwing is white with diagnostic narrow black margin. Black tail is long and white-edged. Face, foreneck are gray, white eye ring. Eats invertebrates and aquatic plants. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: Small, flycatcher-like perching bird, blue-gray upperparts, white underparts, prominent white eye-ring. What bird is that? The tail is black with white on outer tail feathers. Red-legged Kittiwake: Small Alaskan gull white overall with gray back and wings, small yellow bill and bright red legs. Legs, feet are yellow. Name is from its covered nest, the dome and side entrance make it resemble a dutch oven. Head, throat, and upper breast are gray, belly is yellow, and undertail coverts are lemon-yellow. Her blog is read by bird enthusiasts worldwide. Early morning is a good time to search. Yellow bill with dark culmen. Prothonotary Warbler: Medium-sized warbler with olive-green back and blue-gray wings and tail. Swims and dives for food, picks food off surface of water. Tail is dark with white patches and undertail coverts. Couch's Kingbird: Large flycatcher, olive-green upperparts, gray head, dark eye patch, white throat, bright yellow underparts. Legs, feet are pink-brown. Long, slightly notched black tail with white patches. Feeds on fish, marine worms, crustaceans and squid. It has a rapid direct flight with strong, quick wing beats. The sexes are similar, with the female slightly smaller. Feeds on aquatic plants. Soars on thermals. Black tips on the primary feathers are only seen in flight. The bill is yellow with a red spot on the lower mandible. Short low flights, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Head, neck, and underparts are vibrant yellow and the undertail coverts are white. Formerly called the Green Violetear, it has had its name changed to Mexican Violetear and has also been split by the American Ornithologist Union in 2016 into the Mexican Violetear and Lesser Violetear (out of North American range). Bounding flight. Eats small fish, insects and larvae. Wing linings are white. It has a chalky white bill, black legs and feet, and a medium length tail. Tail is white-edged. Tail is black- and blue-gray banded with black tip. Tail is gray. Bill is gray and slightly curved down. Harris's Sparrow: Large sparrow with dark-streaked, brown upperparts and white underparts with dark-streaked sides. Several kinds of dull gray-brown thrashers occur in the West, but this is the only one along the California coast. It has black flight feathers and bright red legs and feet. Birds been available in a spectacular number of shapes, sizes and colours, but some really stand apart from the remainder of the crowd. The eyes are yellow and the bill is blue-gray with a black tip. Of several thousand blue sharks taken on longline gear, the smallest female was 7 feet long. Males sport tail feathers that are 6 to 7 inches long, while their bodies are only about 4.5 inches long. Black eye line with white borders above and below is conspicuous. White-collared Swift: Very large swift, gray-black overall with blue gloss on breast and back. Territorial in both its winter and summer ranges. Weak fluttering flight with shallow rapid wing beats. The female is larger than the male with a longer bill and has a little red-brown color. Eurasian Kestrel: Small falcon, spotted rufous upperparts, brown-streaked buff underparts. Head has gray-brown crown and nape, orange-brown face, and gray cheeks. 278 species illustrated . White chin, neck, throat. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats. Soars on thermals and updrafts. It's 12-10-2020: another free super best day for wild birds-found fresh daily from Southern California 550+ species At this time >> PLEASE STAY SAFE .. We wear masks and also found we get a lot less pollen and dust in our lungs. Black-throated Blue Warbler: Small warbler that is the most strikingly sexually dimorphic of all wood warblers. ... open woods, suburban gardens all host this species. Eastern Yellow Wagtail: Small wagtail (tschutschensis), olive-green upperparts, yellow underparts with brown spots on sides of breast. White morph has all-white plumage, black-tipped pink bill, and black legs. Dark wings have white shoulder patch. Swift and direct flight low over the water. Central feathers of long, rounded tail are often lowered to show keeled V-shape. I got excellent pictures of the male and the female. Undertail coverts are white. Neck and upper breast are white with brown streaks. Black bill, legs, feet. Wings are dark with large white patches. Often feeds on mudflats like a wader. Long tailed tits are long-tailed, small birds with short legs and tiny, triangular bills. Tail is long, gray, and white-tipped. Flight is rapid and batlike on swept-back wings, alternates with gliding. White rump, white wing-bar, black underwings visible in flight. Very active bird, nervous and restless while foraging. Smith's Longspur: Medium sparrow, yellow-brown streaked upperparts, black head with white eyebrow and ear patch, and yellow-brown nape, throat, and underparts. The eyes are black in daylight, but glow bright emerald green when caught in a spotlight at […] Hooded Warbler: Medium warbler, olive-green upperparts, bright yellow underparts. Where to see them: Breeds from Alaska east to South Dakota, south to southern California and Texas. Forages in thickets, trees and shrubs for insects, their eggs and larvae. They mainly eat small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, small birds and large insects. Bouyant, silent flight with flicking wing beats. Broad-billed Hummingbird: Medium-sized hummingbird with metallic green body and vibrant blue throat. Eats fly larvae, beetles, crustaceans and marine worms. Brown Booby: This large seabird is mostly dark brown with white under wing coverts, belly and vent. Feeds on fish, frogs and crustaceans. Legs and feet are gray-brown. Wings have two bold white bars. Crown is olive green. Wings are dark with two white bars. Upper mandible is black with pale base, while lower mandible is yellow with black tip. The bill has pale lower mandible with dark tip. The California Thrasher was described in the eighteenth century, much earlier than many of the birds of western North America. Feeds by dipping head and neck in water. It often shows a silvery patch on the base of the primaries of its long wings. White underparts with black sides and white wing patch at base of primaries. Wings have white bars visible in flight. Hudsonian Godwit: Large sandpiper with white-scaled, brown-black upperparts, black-barred chestnut-brown underparts. Black bill with yellow-orange saddle. Yellow eyebrows turn white behind eyes. About the same size as a Blue Jay or one of the Scrub-Jays. Feeds mainly on squid, but also eats fish and crustaceans. They nest either low in bushes or on the ground under shrubs. Rose-breasted Grosbeak: Large finch, black head, back, bright red breast, and white rump, sides, belly. Tail is gray-brown and slightly forked, edged with cinnamon-brown. THIS SET IS OFTEN IN FOLDERS WITH... 21 terms. Taxonomy From the American Ornithological Union (1998) This relative of mockingbirds is an exuberant songster, and both males and females sing from the tops of shrubs, sometimes duetting. Kentucky Warbler: Medium, ground-dwelling warbler with bright olive-green upperparts and yellow underparts. It feeds mainly on pelagic crustaceans and fish. Black-and-white Warbler: Small, black-and-white striped warbler with a white median head stripe bordered by black. Direct flight on rapid wing beats. Black Vulture: Large raptor, black overall, short, featherless neck, pale bill, short and squared tail, long, pale gray legs and feet. It shows white wing linings in flight. White throat, buff breast, flanks, and belly are barred black-and-white. Roseate Spoonbill: Large ibis, pink body, white upper back, neck. Head has short crest, yellow-orange eye comb, and pink or violet neck patch exposed when displaying. Feeds on fish and squid. Bill, legs and feet are black. Male has dark blue upperparts, black throat and mask. Head has buff face with dark brown cap, eye patches. Throat and breast are yellow, breast band is chestnut-brown and black, belly and undertail coverts are white. Adults have rufous sides, a white belly and a long dark tail with white edges. Connecticut Warbler: Large ground-walking warbler, olive-gray upperparts, dull yellow underparts. Swallow-tailed Kite: The largest of North America kites, has black upperparts which contrast with white head and underparts. There is only one species in the UK. These species all forage on the ground for insects using long, curved bills, yet none of the groups are closely related to each other. Bill is dark gray and stout. The male (shown in background) has a bronze-green back, bright red eyering, rump and underparts. Pink legs and feet. It had been banded in the same state in 2005. Flesh-footed Shearwater: This is a large, bulky shearwater with a dark brown body and a darker head and tail. Eats mostly insects. It is one of the latest spring migrants of all North American warblers. It plunge dives from 40 feet for small squid and flying fish. Swift, strong direct flight with rapid wing beats, holds tail folded in a V shape while flying. The female is olive-brown. Chuck-will's-widow: Large nightjar with entire body complexly mottled with brown, gray, and black. the desert proper. Eats mostly insects, also eat seeds. Pine Warbler: Medium warbler with plain olive-gray upperparts, yellow throat and breast, blurry-streaked sides, and white belly and undertail coverts. Tail is brown with white edges. It is the only warbler that eats large quantities of seeds, usually pine. The legs and feet are yellow-gray. Wings are black with two white bars. This relative of mockingbirds is an exuberant songster, and both males and females sing from the tops of shrubs, sometimes duetting. Eastern Wood-Pewee: Small flycatcher, gray-olive upperparts, pale gray underparts. It is an active predator of seabird nesting colonies. Weak fluttering direct flight with shallow, rapid wing beats. Black legs and feet. Face is gray with yellow eyestripe and breast is yellow. Canada Warbler: Small warbler with slate-gray upperparts, bright yellow underparts, black-streaked necklace, and white vent. Most California Thrashers live their entire lives in chaparral habitat, a plant community that has evolved with regular, intense fires during the dry months. Wings are olive-green with very faint wing-bars. It has a direct flight with rapid wing beats. Birds of San Diego County, California San Diego County, California has over 500 birds on the accepted ABA list and many other introduced species. Seldom fly, rarely leave nesting places. Eats seeds and insects. Adults have red flecks on head, juveniles lack red in plumage. Oriental Turtle-Dove: Large, stocky dove, buff-brown overall with scaled pattern on back and wings produced by black feathers with buff, gray, or red fringes. Female has brown streaked upperparts, buff streaked underparts and yellow wing linings. Chevron-shaped white forehead patch extends behind eye. Bill is yellow, red spot at tip of lower mandible. Dark cap, white eye-rings. Dives and swims with wings when submerged. Rapid flight with shallow wing beats. Throat is black; eyebrows and neckband are white. Gray head has black ear patches, white eyebrows. It only eats insects, and forages for them on the ground and in trees. Its flight is weak and fluttering, alternates rapid wing beats with periods of wings drawn to its sides. Legs and feet are gray. Eyebrows are pale brown. The great-tailed grackle or Mexican grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) is a medium-sized, highly social passerine bird native to North and South America.A member of the family Icteridae, it is one of 10 extant species of grackle and is closely related to the boat-tailed grackle and the extinct slender-billed grackle. Steller's Eider: Small eider with black back and collar, white sides, buff-brown underparts with small but distinct black spot on side. They prey typically on rodents like rodents as well as mice. It has a very unusual way of flying because of his long tail feathers. Eastern Phoebe: Small flycatcher with dark gray-brown upperparts and slightly darker wings and tail. Prefers to stay high in the crowns of mature deciduous trees, making it difficult to see. Soars on thermals. Almost became extinct in the late 19th century. Forehead, throat, and upper breast are bright red. Common Sonoran Desert Birds. Weight: 24.3-51.5 oz. Blue Jay: Medium, noisy jay with bright blue upperparts, pale gray underparts, distinct head crest, and neck surrounded with a curious black necklace. Dark, hooked bill. The head has a blue-gray crown, yellow throat. Its plumage blends well among prairie grasses, making it difficult to spot. Slender crest. Undertail coverts are white. They can reach a size of just about 16 inches and also possess a wingspan of a little over 4 shoes. It has black-spotted and streaked upperparts, slightly scaled underparts, a white eye ring, black bill and yellow legs. 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