The Usual Suspects…..

This is a compendium of some of the birds we often see around Jacumba. 

 

House fincher - colorful male in front - females behind

House finch – colorful male in front – females behind

These are one of our most common birds.  They are finches, not sparrows.

California Towhee

California Towhee

The California Towhee is a large sparrow. They are pretty easy to find.

Spotted Towhee.

Spotted Towhee.

The spotted towhee can usually be found around the swamp and old bath house.

Black Phoebe

Black Phoebe

The black phoebe is a common flycatcher. It usually sits out in the open and chases small flying insects.

Lesser Goldfinch - female

Lesser Goldfinch – female

The male lesser goldfinch is bright, outrageous yellow and black.  These birds are common throughout Jacumba.  They especially like sunflower plants.

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

This is our most common sparrow. Adults as above, immatures have a chestnut brown in place of the black on the crown.  Note the yellow bill and clean chest.  White-crowned sparrows arrive in mid-september spend the winter and then head north in April.

American Robin

American Robin

This is a large, husky thrush.  Some have bright red breasts.  They love pyracantha berries. “Robin Red Breast” is an American Robin.

 

California Thrasher

California Thrasher

The California Thrasher is pretty common all around town.  I’ve had them in my yard several times.  They are related to mockingbirds and have a nice voice and pleasant song.

Red-shafted x yellow-shafted flicker

Red-shafted x yellow-shafted flicker

Flickers are large noisy woodpeckers.

Tricolored Blackbird

Tricolored Blackbird

This handsome male clearly shows the bright and sharply outlined red and clean white patches. The more common red-winged blackbird (below) has orange and yellow patches that blend into each other.

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird and Tricolored Blackbirds

Yellow-headed Blackbird and Tricolored Blackbirds and brown-headed cowbirds

Here is another, less common blackbird; the yellow-headed blackbird.  Blackbirds and cowbirds are related to orioles.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

This species is common from September to April.  Often it is the only warbler that can be easily found.  Makes an irritating “chip” call.

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

This is an impressive bird, it is related to the cuckoo.

Say's Phoebe

Say’s Phoebe

Say’s Phoebe is a flycatcher and related to the Black Phoebe and less common Vermilion Flycatcher

Western Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay

The Western Scrub-jay is a small corvid related to Ravens, Crows, and Stellar’s Jays which are common in San Diego County.  Other relatives not found locally include Magpies, Rooks and Blue Jays. Western Scrub-jays are noisy, bold, and quite common in Jacumba.

Scott's Oriole

Scott’s Oriole

The Scott’s is the only oriole that we commonly see in Winter.  It is related to Hooded an Bullock’s orioles, blackbirds, cowbirds, and Western Meadowlarks that we commonly see in Jacumba during the year.