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Common Native Birds of Southern California
California is a superb birdwatching location. We have such wide diversity in habitat from the open ocean to the desert and moutaintops...and everything in between. That diverse habitat means we have the perfect habitat for one of the widest selections of birds on the North American continent.
Watching birds can be as simple as watching a single bird's behaviors as it eats, practices safety, or raises a family. Birdwatching can become a challenging hobby by keepng up with all the latest technolgical gadgets for viewing, spotting, photographing or tagging. Birdwatching can be a backyard hobby in which you feed birds seeds, live worms and fruit, or it can be as simple as putting out a birdbath. You can be a landlord who provides cavity or shelf nests to compensate for the ongoing loss of habitat and nesting sites, or you can plant native and prolific food sources for hummingbirds or butterflies (and their caterpillars, which are a major food source for birds).
Birdwatching starts with interest. You can then pursue your interests in many directions...you can migrate with the birds! Enjoy...here is a starting list of birds to show you the breadth of beauty that awaits you at our Southern California backyards, parks and beaches
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American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret T
Birds of Prey
Doves, Owls, Parrots, Nightjars
Rock Dove (Commonly known as Pigeons)
Great Horned Owl
Swifts, Hummingbirds, Kingfishers
Shrikes and Vireos
Jays and Crows
Swallows and Larks
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Wrentit, Bushtit, Parids and Wrens
Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warbler
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Tanagers and Buntings
California has many native sparrows -- don't confuse them with the invasive English Sparrow!
Blackbirds and Finches
Native birds are facing a decline of habitat, as well as a warming climate that messes up the seasonality of naturally occurring food such as caterpillars and seeds at just the right time for fledglings.
MAKE A CHOICE
What can you do that will increase native habitat for the native birds in your community?
MAKE A CHANGE
What WILL you do today to move toward your goal? Even one small action today makes a difference. And you can add a little tomorrow and the next day... Together we will restore our environment in our community and around the world.
For more articles about California Nature
Attracting California birds with native plants
Least Terns Preserve on the LA Beach
Common Native Plants of Southern California Uplands
Common Native Wildlife of Southern California
Los Angeles Urban Forest
Los Angeles Area Nature Link List
There's a Park Near You in Los Angeles
Natural Los Angeles Resources
California Beach Communities
News about the SoCal Environment
Visiting California Beach Communities - An Overview
California Beach Communities