Best Birds of Southern California
Some birds which can be seen on a birding tour in Southern California. Chris West will be leading our 9 day tour over two weekends in September 2014…
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White-tailed Kite. While widespread through the Americas in general, this species (recently split from the European Black-shouldered Kite) is limited in range within the US with the largest population residing in California. Kites are awesome and beautiful birds and seeing one is always a treat.
California Quail. The one bird in the group not endemic to its namesake state, California Quail are birds of the dry chaparral and scrub of the lowland foothills. Sometimes tricky to find, they can also be quite cooperative, perching up high in good light. They are common throughout western California. Their distinctive "Chi-ca-go" call often echoes through the early morning light.
Another widespread species, but winning the prize in the cuteness factor is Pygmy Nuthatch. They are spread from Mexico to Canada in three separate populations. The coastal California population inhabits the long-needled Monterey Pine forests. They are small, even by Nuthatch standards, but in no way do they lack for energy.
While not a specialty, Snowy Plovers do take a prize as one of the cutest birds found in California. Nesting on sandy flats and beaches, their color makes them blend almost perfectly with their surroundings. They are able to nest 2-3 times in a single season and their chicks are some of the cutest birds around.