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Birds (Class Aves)

I used to be a fanatical birder, but I've been distracted by other things lately -- mostly insects. Once you begin to look at everything that's alive, pretty much all you see are insects.

Birds do show up now and then in the yard, though, and when they do, I try to take their pictures. But they move around fast and are too far away for my close-focusing lens, which is nearly always screwed on to my camera. So I miss most of them most of the time. And the pictures that I do get, aren't much to look at.

Here's what I have so far.

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies (Fringillidae)

Cassin's Finch

Haemorhous cassinii

House Finch

Haemorhous mexicanus

Pine Siskin

Spinus pinus

Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis

Waxwings (Bombycillidae)

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

Bohemian Waxwing

Bombycilla garrulus

Thrushes (Turdidae)

Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

Crows, Jays, and Magpies (Corvidae)

American Crow

Corvus brachyrynchos

Black-billed Magpie

Pica hudsonia

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Archilochus alexandri

Calliope Hummingbird

Selasphorus calliope

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites (Accipitridae)

Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Swainson's Hawk'

Buteo swainsoni

New World Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

Chipping Sparrow

Spizella paserrina

White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys

Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Downy Woodpecker

Dryobates pubescens

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Bewick's Wren

Thryomanes bewickii

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice (Paridae)

Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

Cardinals and Allies (Cardinalidae)

Black-headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus

New World Quails (Odontophoridae)

California Quail

Callipepla californica

Starlings (Sturnidae)

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Kinglets (Regulidae)

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Nuthatches (Sittidae)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies (Phasianidae)

Ring-necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Townsend's Warbler

Setophaga townsendi

New World Vultures (Cathartidae)

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura