As you walk around our neighborhood, you might like to watch for these birds. This list includes many flyovers, so remember to look overhead for geese, ducks, hawks, herons, swallows, and others that may rarely land or feed in the neighborhood.

For help identifying a bird, try the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds site ( or google the name of a bird and photos (Bushtit photos).

Codes on this list:

Y = Year-round in the neighborhood
W = Winters in the neighborhood
S = Summers in the neighborhood
M = Migrates through the neighborhood
B = Breeds in the neighborhood

C = Common – Can usually be found daily to weekly in neighborhood
F = Fairly common – Can usually be found weekly to monthly in neighborhood
U = Uncommon to rare – Several reports, but not seen often in the neighborhood
R = Rare to very rare/casual – At least one reliable sighting in the neighborhood

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California Gull (YC)
Ring-billed Gull (YR)
Great Blue Heron (YR)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (YU) (Feeding in Thaddeus and Monta Loma Parks at night)
Canada Goose (YC)
Mallard (YU)
Bald Eagle (YR)
Turkey Vulture (YC)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (YU)
Cooper’s Hawk (YFB)
Red-shouldered Hawk (YU)
Swainson’s Hawk (YR)
Red-tailed Hawk (YF)
Golden Eagle (YU)
Kestrel (YU)
Merlin (YU)
Killdeer (WF) (Feeding in Monta Loma Park at night)
California Quail (SU)
Wild Turkey (R)
Rock Pigeon (YU)
Band-tailed Pigeon (R)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (R)
Mourning Dove (YCB)
Barn Owl (YF)
Western Screech-Owl (R)
Great Horned Owl (R)
Vaux’s Swift (R)
White-Throated Swift (R)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (MU)
Anna’s Hummingbird (YCB)
Rufous Hummingbird (M)
Allen’s Hummingbird (M)
Red-breasted Sapsucker (WU)
Nuttall’s Woodpecker (YCB)
Downy Woodpecker (YU)
Hairy Woodpecker (R)
Northern Flicker (WF)
Black Phoebe (YCB)
Tree Swallow (SU)
Violet-green Swallow (SU)
Hutton’s Vireo (R)
Steller’s Jay (R)
California Scrub-Jay (YCB)
American Crow (YCB)
Common Raven (R)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (YCB)
Oak Titmouse (YCB)
Bushtit (YFB)
White-breasted Nuthatch (YFB)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (M)
Brown Creeper (R)
Bewick’s Wren (YCB)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (WF)
Western Bluebird (YU)
Hermit Thrush (WU)
American Robin (WC)
Varied Thrush (WU)
Northern Mockingbird (YCB)
California Thrasher (R)
European Starling (YF)
Cedar Waxwing (WF)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (WC)
Townsend’s Warbler (R)
Yellow Warbler (M)
Western Tanager (M)
Spotted Towhee (YU)
California Towhee (YCB)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (R)
Fox Sparrow (WU)
White-throated Sparrow (R)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (WF)
White-crowned Sparrow (WC)
Dark-eyed Junco (YCB)
Black-headed Grosbeak (R)
Red-winged Blackbird (R)
Brewer’s Blackbird (U)
Brown-headed Cowbird (SFB)
Hooded Oriole (SFB)
Bullock’s Oriole (SR)
House Finch (YCB)
Pine Siskin (WU)
Lesser Goldfinch (YCB)
American Goldfinch (YU)
House Sparrow (YCB)
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Escapees and other birds not officially listed for Santa Clara County:
Red-crowned parrot (SU) (Flock follows ripening fruit in trees throughout Mountain View.)
Cockatiel (R)
Yellow Canary (R)
Sulfur-crested Cockatoo (R)
Blue Parakeet (R)
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Email your bird questions and unusual bird sightings to Dotty Calabrese <dottycala at>.

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