Learn 100 Common Valley Birds

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In California’s Central Valley, almost anyone can learn 100 local bird species. Especially since on a daily basis Valley Residents come in contact with at least a dozen species that most recognize, but may not know the name of. Few things on earth fill us with as much delight as birds, and knowing them by name only adds to our pleasure. The intent of this blog is for followers to learn about and be able to identify 100 common valley birds.

Individual Bird Posts

Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo By Jim Gain Learn 100 Common Valley Birds is a photo blog series highlighting the 100 most common Valley bird species. Post #14 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds series. (Species 19/100.) INTRODUCTION The Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is the heaviest upland ground bird native to North America. It is the ancestor … Continue reading Wild Turkey

Western Meadowlark

Sturnella neglecta By Jim Gain Learn 100 Common Valley Birds is a photo blog series highlighting the 100 most common Valley bird species. Post #13 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds series. (Species 18/100.) INTRODUCTION The buoyant, flutelike melody of the Western Meadowlark ringing out across a field can brighten anyone’s day. The Western … Continue reading Western Meadowlark

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa By Jim Gain Learn 100 Common Valley Birds is a photo blog series highlighting the 100 most common Valley bird species. Post #10 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds series. (Species 15/100.) INTRODUCTION  The Wood Duck is arguably the most spectacularly beautiful duck in the Central Valley. It is a Fairly Common … Continue reading Wood Duck

Killdeer

Charadrius vociferus By Jim Gain Learn 100 Common Valley Birds is a photo blog series highlighting the 100 most common Valley bird species. Post #9 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds series. (Species 14/100.) Status The Killdeer is a Common Resident to California’s Central Valley. Killdeer belong to the plover family (Charadriidae) with 68 … Continue reading Killdeer

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus By Jim Gain Learn 100 Birds is a photo blog series highlighting 100 common bird species found in California’s Central Valley. Post #8 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds series. (Species 13/100.) Common Year-round Resident Introduction The Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) is a medium-sized bird of the woodpecker family. It is native … Continue reading Northern Flicker

Valley Goldfinches

By Jim Gain Learn 100 Birds is a photo blog series highlighting 100 common bird species found in California’s Central Valley. Post #7 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds series. (Species 11 and 12/100.) This is a three-fer post featuring the three species of Goldfinch that occur in the Central Valley. The first two, … Continue reading Valley Goldfinches

Loggerhead Shrike

By Jim Gain Learn 100 Common Valley Birds is a photo blog series highlighting the 100 most common Valley bird species. Post #6 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds series. (Species 10/100.) The Loggerhead Shrike is a Fairly Common Resident to California’s Central Valley and can be found in grasslands, freshwater wetlands and chaparral … Continue reading Loggerhead Shrike

Dark-eyed Junco

By Jim Gain Learn 100 Common Valley Birds is a photo blog series highlighting the 100 most common Valley bird species. Post #5 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds series. (Species 9/100.) About Juncos The Dark-eyed Junco is a Common Winter Visitor to California’s Central Valley and can be found in many habitats. There … Continue reading Dark-eyed Junco

Western Kingbird

By Jim Gain Learn 100 Common Valley Birds is a photo blog series highlighting the 100 most common Valley bird species. Post #4 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds series. (Species 8/100.) Western Kingbirds are Common Summer Visitors to California’s Central Valley and are one of the earliest returning Neotropic migrants usually arriving from … Continue reading Western Kingbird

Common Valley Owls

Learn 100 Common Valley Birds is a photo blog series highlighting the 100 most common California Central Valley bird species. By Jim Gain Post #3 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds series. (Species 5, 6 and 7/100.) Today’s post is another three-fer offering that includes the three owls that most Central Valley Visitors are … Continue reading Common Valley Owls

Common Valley Hummingbirds

By Jim Gain Learn 100 Common Valley Birds is a photo blog series highlighting the 100 most common Valley bird species. Post #2 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds series. (Species 2, 3 and 4/100.) This is a three-fer post featuring the three most common hummingbirds, Anna’s, Black-chinned and Rufous that are likely coming … Continue reading Common Valley Hummingbirds

California Scrub-Jay

By Jim Gain Learn 100 Common Valley Birds is a photo blog series highlighting the 100 most common Valley bird species. Post #1 in the Learn 100 Common Valley Birds, species 1/100. In California’s Central Valley, almost anyone can learn 100 local bird species. Especially since on a daily basis Valley Residents come in contact … Continue reading California Scrub-Jay