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In May of 2022 my sweet missus of 25 years and I spent some time on the coast of California, in the Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Valley areas. We did a bunch of hiking in state parks and elsewhere and drove a stretch of Highway 1. We stayed with some wonderful people and thoroughly enjoyed the local culture, including the robust array of wine offerings. Here's a species list from that trip. As always, many of the photos are not great, but it's more a checklist than a gallery.

Photos were captured with Canon's 7D mark II and 100-400 f/4-5.6L II, my standard birding kit for a few years now.

Bird identification can be a challenge, since individuals can vary and I'm new to California's fauna. If you have corrections, please do let me know. Click for larger versions, and scientific names are linked for more information.

Acorn Woodpecker

Melanerpes formicivorus

acorn woodpecker th 1 acorn woodpecker th 2 acorn woodpecker th 3

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

american crow th 1 american crow th 2

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

american robin th 1

Anna's Hummingbird

Calypte anna

anna's hummingbird 1 anna's hummingbird 2 anna's hummingbird 3 anna's hummingbird 4 anna's hummingbird 5 anna's hummingbird 6 anna's hummingbird 7 anna's hummingbird 8

Bewick's Wren

Thryomanes bewickii

bewicks wren th 1 bewicks wren th 2

Black Oystercatcher*

Haematopus bachmani

black oystercatcher 1 black oystercatcher 2

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Sayornis nigricans

black-crowned night-heron th 1 black-crowned night-heron th 2

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Setophaga nigrescens

black throated gray warbler th 1 black throated gray warbler th 2

Black Phoebe

Sayornis nigricans

black phoebe th 1 black phoebe th 2

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Polioptila caerulea

blue-gray-gnatcatcher 1 blue-gray gnatcatcher 2 blue-gray gnatcatcher 3

Brandt's Cormorant

Urile penicillatus

Brandt's Cormorant 1 Brandt's Cormorant 2 Brandt's Cormorant 3

Brown Creeper

Certhia americana

brown-creeper 1 brown-creeper2

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis

brown-pelican 1 brown-pelican 2 brown-pelican 3

California Quail

Callipepla californica

 1  2

California Scrub-Jay

Aphelocoma californica

California scrub-jay 1 California scrub-jay 2California scrub-jay 3

California Towhee

Melozone crissalis

californiatowhee th 3 californiatowhee th 4 california towhee th 1 california towhee th 2

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

cedar waxwing th 1 cedar waxwing th 2

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Poecile rufescens

chestnut-backed chickadee th 1 chestnut-backed chickadee th 2 chestnut-backed chickadee th 3

Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

dark eyed junco th 1 dark eyed junco th 2 dark eyed junco th 2

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

great blue heron th 1 great blue heron th 2

Great Egret

Ardea alba

great blue heron th 1

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

house sparrow th 1

House Wren

Troglodytes aedon

house wren th 1 house wren th 2 house wren th 2

Hutton's Vireo

Vireo huttoni

great blue heron th 1

Lazuli Bunting

Passerina amoena

lazuli bunting 1 lazuli bunting 2

Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria

lesser-goldfinch 1 lesser-goldfinch 2

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

mourning dove th 1 mourning dove th 2

Northern Flicker

Circus hudsonius

northern flicker th 1 northern flicker th 2 northern flicker th 3 northern flicker th 4

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

nuttalls woodpecker th 1 nuttalls woodpecker th 2

Oak Titmouse

Baeolophus inornatus

oak-titmouse 1 oak-titmouse 2oak-titmouse 3

Orange-crowned Warbler

Pandion haliaetus

orange-crowned warbler th 1orange-crowned warbler th 2


Pandion haliaetus

osprey th 1 osprey th 2

Pacific Slope Flycatcher

Empidonax difficilis

Pacific slope flycatcher th 1 Pacific slope flycatcher th 2

Pelagic Cormorant

Urile pelagicus

pelagic Cormorant 1

Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

peregrine falcon th 1 peregrine falcon th 2

Pigeon Guillemot

Cepphus columba

pigeon guillemot th 1 pigeon guillemot th 2 pigeon guillemot th 3

Purple Finch

Haemorhous purpureus

purple finch th 1

Pygmy Nuthatch

Sitta pygmaea

pygmy-nuthatch 1 pygmy-nuthatch 2

Red-shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus

red shouldered hawk th 1 red shouldered hawk th 2 red shouldered hawk th 3

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

red tailed hawk th 1 red tailed hawk th 2 red tailed hawk th 3

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Aimophila ruficeps

rufous-crowned sparrow th 1 rufous-crowned sparrow th 2 rufous-crowned sparrow th 3

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

song sparrow th 1 song sparrow th 2

Spotted Towhee

Pipilo maculatus

spotted towhee th 1 spotted towhee th 2 spotted towhee th 3

Steller's Jay

Cyanocitta stelleri

stellers jay th 1 stellers jay th 2 stellers jay th 3

Surf Scoter

Melanitta perspicillata


Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

turkey vulture th 1 turkey vulture th 2

Violet-green Swallow

Tachycineta thalassina

violet-green swallow th 1 violet-green swallowth 2

Western Bluebird

Sialia mexicana

western bluebird th 1 western bluebird th 2

Western Gull

Larus occidentalis

western gull th 1 western gull th 2 western gull th 3

Western Grebe

Aechmophorus occidentalis

western grebe th 1

White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys

white-crowned sparrow th 1 white-crowned sparrow th 2 white-crowned sparrow th 3

White-tailed Kite

Elanus leucurus

white-tailed kite th 1 white-tailed kite th 2 white-tailed kite th 3

Wilson's Warbler

Cardellina pusilla

wilsons warbler th 1 wilsons warbler th 2 wilsons warbler th 3


Chamaea fasciata

wrentit th 1 wrentit th 2

Unknown Birds

Please let me know if you recognize these species.

unknown bird a 1
unknown bird c 1 unknown bird c 2
unknown bird d 1 unknown bird d 2

* I didn't notice the drone until I got home.