Birds

Black Phoebe

Black Phoebe

The black phoebe is a common visitor in the Sunnyvale garden. It is mainly insectivorous and waits on a perch before flying out and catching its prey in the air. (Sayornis nigricans) is a passerine bird in the tyrant-flycatcher family. It breeds from southwest Oregon and California south through Central and South America. It occurs year-round throughout most of its …

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Lesser Goldfinch

Colorful and energetic, the lesser goldfinch is a welcome bird in the southwestern United States and Mexico. Not only does this finch have a delightful trilling song, but its propensity to eat thousands of weed seeds is appreciated by farmers and gardeners alike. Common Name: Lesser Goldfinch Scientific Name: Carduelis psaltria Appearance: Bill: Conical, pointed, dark Size: 4.5 inches long …

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Red-Tailed Hawk

A relatively-rare visitor to the Sunnyvale garden is the red-tailed hawk. The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey. In my garden, it tries to feed on doves and finches. One moment, your seed-feeder has attracted a lot of birds. Suddenly they all take off. Next moment is the swoosh of the hawk.

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Mourning Doves

Mourning Doves are a wonderful visitor to your garden. The males sing the distinctive song. The doves tend to mate for life. I have seen the young doves fed from the crops of the parents. The doves are very sloppy nest builders: A few sticks; a few inches; eh, fine enough.

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Birds

My garden has over a dozen species of visiting birds. Anna’s hummingbirds – If you add a hummingbird-feeder, you will have them year-round Lesser Gold-finches – they like the small niger seed House Finches (aka Rose finches) – they like the small niger seed plus larger seeds up to sunflower size Oregon juncos Chestnut-backed Chickadees Bewick Wren Scrub Blue Jays …

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