California is a major stop along the Pacific Flyway for spring migration. Almost a billion birds of hundreds of different species pass through the West on their way north. The state holds a variety of key habitats for these migrants, which may include your backyard or local park. Common California Birds Anyone just getting interested in birds can get a quick start by identifying the ones that live in the neighborhood or pass by annually. Here are some tips for learning to recognize some of the most common Western birds. Dark Eyed Junco If you are hearing a songbird in your backyard in North America, it might very well be a dark-eyed junco. With some 630 million individuals, this species is the most abundant songbird in the country, migrating from south to north in summers, then back again. In Southern California this species is only seen in the winter, but […]
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