This is regional birding information for:
Northwest & Northern California
The backyards of the Northwest vary according to location, and so do the birds that they attract. But generally, there is a corps of species that can be counted on being around most homes in the region: varied thrush; western and mountain bluebirds; American robin; Townsend's solitaire; Steller's jay; Anna's and rufous hummingbirds; acorn, white-headed and Lewis's woodpeckers; Williamson's and red-naped sapsuckers; violet-green swallow; oak titmouse; black-capped, chestnut-backed and mountain chickadees; winter wren; Bohemian waxwing; western tanager; green-tailed and spotted towhees; yellow-crowned sparrow; dark-eyed junco; black-headed grosbeak; lazuli bunting; Bullock's oriole; purple, house and Cassin's finches; pine siskin and evening grosbeak.
The coastal forests and the slopes of the Sierras are well known for abundant western birdlife. The acorn and white-headed woodpeckers, Steller's and western scrub-jays, mountain chickadee, pygmy, spotted and western screech-owls, hermit and varied thrushes, Vaux's and black swifts, California and mountain quail, California thrasher, yellow-billed magpie, yellow-crowned sparrow, black phoebe, dusky flycatcher and several hummingbirds are typical.
Higher up in the subalpine, look for the red-backed sapsucker, black-backed woodpecker, Clark's nutcracker, gray jay and northern goshawk.
In the rain forests, such birds as Townsend's warbler, chestnut-backed chickadee, and winter wren are common.
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