A practical guide to bird watching in Sonoma County, California

(Unless otherwise indicated, all phone numbers are in the 707 area code)



© Colin Talcroft, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Unless noted, all photos by the author. If you would like to use one of my images, please ask for permission for non-commercial use with proper credit or commercial use with proper compensation.


Sonoma County's most common birds

Species you're likely to see in Sonoma County without even trying

Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Mallard, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, California Quail, Killdeer, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Western Sandpiper, Western Gull, Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Acorn Woodpecker, Nuttall's Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Western Scrub Jay, American Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, Bushtit, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, California Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

The top ten: Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Anna's Hummingbird, Western Scrub Jay, European Starling, California Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird. (That's my guess, anyway.)

The bird in the photo: Western Scrub-jay, Bodega Bay, a common year-round resident

Common summer species list

Common winter species list

Less-common species list

Rare species list