A practical guide to bird watching in Sonoma County, California

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


Sonoma County: Rare species

Birds for which only a VERY small number of county records exist (sometimes only one). These are highly unlikely in the county, but have been recorded at least once.

Pelagic Species: Shy Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Short-tailed Albatross, Mottled Petrel, Wilson's Storm-petrel, Leach's Storm-petrel, Black Storm-petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Magnificent Frigatebird, Long-tailed Jaeger, Long-billed Murrelet, Xantus's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet, Parakeet Auklet, Crested Auklet

Loons, Grebes: Arctic Loon, Yellow-billed Loon

Ducks, Geese: King Eider

Shorebirds, Wading Birds: Least Bittern, Little Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, White-faced Ibis, Yellow Rail, Mongolian Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Storks: Wood Stork

Vultures: California Condor

Raptors: Northern Goshawk, Common Black Hawk

Gulls: Laughing Gull, Iceland Gull

Roadrunners: Greater Roadrunner

Cuckoos: Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Owls: Snowy Owl, Barred Owl

Hummingbirds: Broad-billed Hummingbird, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird

Woodpeckers: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker

Tyrant Flycatchers: Eastern Wood-pewee, Least Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Gray Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Vireos: Plumbeous Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo

Jays, Magpies: Blue Jay, Yellow-billed Magpie

Swallows: Bank Swallow

Chickadees: Mountain Chickadee

Thrushes: Northern Wheatear, Mountain Bluebird

Thrashers: Gray Catbird, Sage Thrasher

Wagtails, Pipits: Yellow Wagtail, Red-throated Pipit

Warblers: Blue-winged Warbler, Virginia's Warbler, Lucy's Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated blue Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Ovenbird, Kentucky Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Canada Warbler

Waxwings: Bohemian Waxwing

Tanagers: Summer Tanager

Towhees, Sparrows, and Allies: Green-tailed Towhee, American Tree Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-chinned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Lapland Longspur, Chestnut-collared Longspur

Buntings, Grosbeaks: Snow Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting 

Blackbirds, Orioles: Bobolink, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Scott's Oriole, Common Grackle

Finches: Cassin's Finch, 

Most common species list

Common summer species list

Common winter species list

Less common species list


© Colin Talcroft, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

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