Back Yard Birding
by Ken Fuller

Birding (also known as bird watching) is an increasingly popular pass time.  birding begins with matching observed birds with their names in a field guide.  Then advances to ethology (study of behavior) and ecology (interaction with other living things and with the physical environment).  It is not necessary to travel to odd places or go to great expense in order to study a large variety of  living birds in their normal habitats. I find many birds in my own yard. Of course different yards will have different species.

By making a habit of working quietly, or sitting reading etc. in the yard, and avoiding rapid motions which might seem threatening, I have been accepted as being safe by local birds.  So they can easily be observed going about their normal business while I go about mine.

Here is my collection from a Southern California, suburban yard.  Each of the species included here is one I have identified from my own yard, some just flying over.  However some of the photographs were taken other places, simply because that is where I was able to get the better shot.  I make no claim to expertise as a taxonomist, I just do my best.  If you think you have detected an error in classification, please include references with your correction so I can look it up.

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American Goldfinch
Learning bird names
Anna's Hummingbird
Selecting a field guide
Black-Crowned Night-Heron
Barn Swallow
Black Phoebe
Assistance and camaraderie
Brewer's Blackbird
Science reports / Projects

Canada Goose

Cassin's Kingbird

Cedar Waxwing

Cliff Swallow


Cooper's Hawk


Downy Woodpecker

Great Egret

Great-Tailed Grackle

Ground Dove

House Finch

House Sparrow



Lesser Goldfinch



Mourning Dove

Orange-Crowned Warbler

Peach-Faced Lovebird



Red-Shouldered Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Ring-Billed Gull

Rufus Hummingbird

Say's Phoebe

Scrub Jay

Snowy Egret

Spotted Dove


Tropical Kingbird

Turkey Vulture

Western Bluebird


White-Crowned Sparrow

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

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