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For The Birds

All bird pictures were taken near or in Jess Ranch Lakes by
Lakes' volunteer John Breckenridge or Jess Ranch Staff.
Bald Eagle Bald Eagle
bird Cactus Wren
Largest wren in North America--desert bird that can survive without freestanding water--upperbody brownish with white streaks-- long white stripe at eye--wings barred--tail barred with black--attacks nest predators--destroys nests of other bird species--pecks or removes eggs--also eats insects and some fruit.
bird Osprey
Large raptor
adult male--chocolate brown back with white breast and dark line mask.
Both sexes have white head with distinctive dark line mask around eyes.
Hunts from perch and will dive for fish.
bird
bird Great Blue Heron
Large gray bird, long legs, "S" shaped neck, long thick bill, white crown stripe, bluish gray back, wings and belly--Walks slowly, stands and stabs prey with quick lunge of the bill--eats Fish, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and small mammals.
bird
bird Phainopepla
Member of silky flycatcher family--Noticeable crest and long tail--upright posture when it perches--Its chief food is the berries of the Mistletoe but also eats berries of junipers and elderberry--will also hawk for insects like a flycatcher.
MaleMallard Mallard
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FemaleMallard
bird Double-Crested Cormorant (Above)
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Chipping Sparrow (below)
bird
Bluebird Western Bluebird
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Male-Female
bird Muscovy Duck
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bird
bird Mockingbird (above)

Bufflehead (below)
bird
bird Cooper's Hawk (adult)
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Cooper's Hawk (juvenile)
bird
bird Great Egret
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bird
bird Great Egret Fishing
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bird
bird
(above)
Killdeer
(below)
Turkey Vulture
bird
Male Ring Necked Duck
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Female
bird Black Crowned Night Heron
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bird
bird
Road Runner
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bird
bird Nutall's Woodpecker
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bird California Gull
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bird
Cedar Waxwing Above
Cedar Waxwings
Below
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker
bird
California Quail
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bird
bird North American Pelican bird Pelican Landing bird
bird bird bird bird
American Widgeon Male American Widgeon
(Above)
male
(below)
female
American Widgeon Female (below)
Pied Bill Grebe
bird
bird (above)
Yellowhead Blackbird
(below)
Flock of Ibis
bird
White Crowned Sparrow White Crowned Sparrow
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White Crowned Sparrow
Male-Female Hooded Meganser
(above)
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Common Merganser
(below)
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bird
House Finch House Finch (above)
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House Sparrow (below)
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House Sparrow
bird Yellow Rumpted Warbler
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Kirby the Swan Goose Swan Goose
(above)

Chinese Crested Goose
(below)
Chinese Crested Goose
Bird Brown Headed Cowbird
(above)
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Canada Geese
(below)
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bird
Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck
(Male above)
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Red Tailed Hawk
(below)
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Red Tailed Hawk
Common Raven (above)
Common Raven
(below)
Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher
Red-Winged Blackbird Red Wing Blackbird
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Bird Black Phobe

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VermilionFlycatcher
Vermilion Flycatcher

VermilionFlycatcher"
Vermilion Flycatcher Catching Vermilion Flycatcher Catching (above)
Flying (below)
Vermilion Flycatcher Catching

Bird Sightings 2008-2009
Many thanks to Lakes' volunteer John Breckenridge for compiling and updating this list!
  • American Avocet
  • American Goldfinch
  • American Kestrel
  • American White Pelican
  • American Wigeon
  • Anna's Hummingbird
  • Black Phoebe
  • Brewer's Blackbird
  • Bufflehead
  • Cactus Wren
  • California Gull
  • California Quail
  • Canada Goose
  • Canvasback
  • Common Ground-Dove
  • Common Raven
  • Costa's Hummingbird
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • European Starling
  • Gadwall
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Green Heron
  • Hooded Merganser
  • House Sparrow
  • House Wren
  • Killdeer
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Mallard
  • Merlin
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Flicker
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Osprey
  • Phainopepla
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Ross's Goose
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Say's Phoebe
  • Snow Goose
  • Snowy Egret
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Townsend's Warbler
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Western Bluebird
  • Western Grebe
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler



  • Bird Sightings (Past Years)
    Many thanks to founding Friends of the Lakes member, Carolyn Pratt.
  • Great Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Mallard
  • Ruby Crown Kinglet
  • White Crested Sparrow
  • Flicker
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Black Crowned Night Heron
  • Green Heron
  • White Faced Ibis
  • Tundra Swan
  • Pied Bill Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Western Grebe
  • Common Loon
  • American White Pelican
  • Doublecrested Cormorant
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red Tailed Hawk
  • Shouldered Hawk
  • Merlin
  • Prairie Falcon
  • California Quail
  • American Coot
  • Ring Billed Gull
  • California Gull
  • Caspian Tern
  • Forster's Tern
  • Rock Dove
  • Northern Flicker
  • Red Breasted Sapsucker
  • Red Naped Sapsucker
  • Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
  • Nuttall's Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Hammond's Flycatcher
  • Gray Flycatcher
  • Pacific-slope Flycatcher
  • Black Phoebe
  • Sayo Phoebe
  • Vermillion Flycatcher
  • Ash Throated Flycatcher
  • Western Kingbird
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Western Scrub Jay
  • Common Raven
  • Horned Lark
  • Tree Swallow
  • Violet Green Swallow
  • Bank Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Northern Rough Winged Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Bushtit
  • White-breasted Nutchatch
  • House Wren
  • Winter Wren
  • Bewick's Wren
  • Cactus Wren
  • Rock Wren
  • Marsh Wren
  • House Sparrow
  • Western Tanager
  • California Towhee
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Brewer's Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Lincoln's Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Vespa Sparrow
  • White Crowned Sparrow
  • Dark Eyed Juneo
  • Black Shaded Grosbeak
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Ring Neck
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Bucklehead
  • Western Bluebird
  • Gadwall
  • Mockingbird
  • Great Blue Herron
  • Quail
  • Meadowlark
  • Ring Billed Gulls
  • Wood Duck
  • Green Winged Teal
  • American Wigion
  • Northern Pintail
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Canvasback
  • Redhead
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Merganser
  • Canada Geese
  • Ross' Goose
  • Greater White Fronted Goose
  • Osprey
  • White Tailed Kits
  • Cooper's Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Sharpskinned Hawk
  • Killdeer
  • American Avocet
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Willet
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Short-billed dowitcher
  • Long-billed Dowitcher
  • Wilson's Phalarope
  • Mourning Dove
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Great Horned Owl
  • White Throated Swift
  • Black Chinned Hummingbird
  • Anna'a Hummingbird
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • Betted Kingfisher
  • Western Bluebird
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Townsend's Solitaire
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Varied Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • California Thrasher
  • Le Conte's Thrasher
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Phainopepla
  • Orange Crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Virginia's Warbler
  • Yellow Rumped Warbler
  • Black Throated Gray Warbler
  • Townsend's Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • MacGillwray's Warbler
  • Wilson's Warbler
  • Common Yellow Throated Warbler
  • Hooded Oriole
  • Bullock's Oriole
  • House Finch
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch
  • Lawrence's Goldfinch
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Great Tailed Grackle
  • Brewer's Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • American Avocet


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