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Birds

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.

American Crow

Corvus brachyrynchos

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

Bewick's Wren

Thryomanes bewickii

Black-billed Magpie

Pica hudsonia

Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Archilochus alexandri

Black-headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus

Bohemian Waxwing

Bombycilla garrulus

Buteos

Buteo sp.

California Quail

Callipepla californica

Calliope Hummingbird

Selasphorus calliope

Cassin's Finch

Haemorhous cassinii

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

Chipping Sparrow

Spizella paserrina

Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

Downy Woodpecker

Dryobates pubescens

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

House Finch

Haemorhous mexicanus

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Pine Siskin

Spinus pinus

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

Ring-necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

Townsend's Warbler

Setophaga townsendi

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius

White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys