Birding

Our interest in birding has grown from an amusing pastime to an all-consuming obsession! It is amazing how a nondescript bird can suddenly become a fascinating creature when looked at through a good set of binoculars. But beware: birding can be highly addictive!

The Birds of Boise Creek

Here is a list of the bird species we’ve seen and identified around the Boise Creek area. They are in alphabetical order, grouped by species… 137 so far!
Click on a letter below to jump to that section; a green arrow returns you to the top.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Photography by Bob Ames. Please use by permission only. Thanks!

B

Blackbird: Brewers
Blackbird: Red-winged
Bluebird: Mountain
Bunting: Lazuli
Bushtit

C

Chickadee: Black-capped
Chickadee: Chestnut-backed
Cormorant: Double-crested
Cowbird: Brown-headed
Crow: American
Crow: Northwestern (Audubon image)

D

Dipper: American
Dove: Eurasian Collared
Dove: Morning
Dowitcher: Short-billed
Duck: Barrow’s Goldeneye
Duck: Blue-winged Teal (Audubon)
Duck: Bufflehead
Duck: Cinnamon Teal
Duck: Common Merganser
Duck: Gadwall
Duck: Green-winged Teal
Duck: Hooded Merganser
Duck: Mallard
Duck: Northern Shoveler
Duck: Pintail
Duck: Wigeon
Duck: Wigeon (Eurasian)
Duck: Wood

E

Eagle: Bald
Eagle: Golden
Egret: Great (Extremely rare in our area.)

F

Falcon: American Kestrel
Falcon: Gyrfalcon (A very rare sighting in our area!)
Falcon: Merlin (And an unfortunate Eurasian Collared Dove!)
Falcon: Peregrine
Finch: American Goldfinch
Finch: House
Finch: Purple
Finch: Red Crossbill
Flycatcher: Pacific Slope
Flycatcher: Say’s Phoebe
Flycatcher: Western Kingbird
Flycatcher: Western Wood-Pewee
Flycatcher: Willow

G

Goose: Cackling
Goose: Canada
Goose: Snow
Goose: White-fronted
Grebe: Pied-billed
Grosbeak: Black-headed
Grosbeak: Evening
Gull: California
Gull: Herring
Gull: Mew
Gull: Western

H

Hawk: Cooper’s
Hawk: Northern Harrier
Hawk: Red-tailed
Hawk: Rough-legged
Hawk: Sharp-shinned
Heron: Great Blue
Heron: Green
Hummingbird: Anna’s
Hummingbird: Rufous

J

Jay: California Scrub
Jay: Steller’s
Junco: Oregon

K

Kingfisher: Belted
Kinglet: Golden-crowned
Kinglet: Ruby-crowned

M

Meadowlark: Western

N

Nightjar: Common Nighthawk
Nuthatch: red-breasted

O

Oriole: Bullock’s
Osprey
Owl: Barn
Owl: Barred

P

Pheasant: Common
Pheasant: Taiwan Blue (escaped domestic in our yard; not counted)
Pigeon: Band-tailed
Pigeon: Feral Rock
Pipit: American
Plover: Killdeer

R

Raven: Common

S

Sandpiper: Least
Sandpiper: Solitary
Sandpiper: Spotted
Sandpiper: Western
Shrike: Northern
Siskin: Pine
Snipe: Wilson’s
Sparrow: Fox
Sparrow: Golden-crowned
Sparrow: Harris
Sparrow: House
Sparrow: Lincoln
Sparrow: Savannah
Sparrow: Song
Sparrow: White-crowned
Starling: European
Swallow: Bank
Swallow: Barn
Swallow: Rough-winged
Swallow: Tree
Swallow: Violet-green
Swan: Trumpeter
Swan: Tundra

T

Tanager: Western
Thrush: American Robin
Thrush: Hermit
Thrush: Swainson’s
Thrush: Varied
Towhee: Spotted

V

Vireo: Cassin’s
Vireo: Hutton’s
Vireo: Warbling
Vulture: Turkey

W

Warbler: Black-throated Gray
Warbler: Common Yellowthroat
Warbler: MacGillivray’s
Warbler: Orange-crowned
Warbler: Townsend’s
Warbler: Wilson’s
Warbler: Yellow
Warbler: Yellow-rumped, Audubon (yellow throat)
Warbler: Yellow-rumped, Myrtle (white throat)
Waxwing: Cedar
Woodpecker: Downy
Woodpecker: Hairy
Woodpecker: Northern Flicker
Woodpecker: Pileated
Woodpecker: Red-breasted Sapsucker
Wren: Bewick
Wren: House
Wren: Marsh
Wren: Pacific

Y

Yellowlegs: Greater

Visit Bob’s Flickr page to view images
like this colorful Toucan Barbet he photographed in Ecuador.