Meadow Birds

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Species Description
Black-shouldered Kite

Photo by Craig Tooley
The Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus leucurus) is a delicate white hawk that can hover over the meadow.
White-crowned Sparrow


Photo by Craig Tooley
The White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrysite) has a distinctive black striped crown.
Song Sparrow
Photo by Craig Tooley
The Song  Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) has a darkly streaked breast with a "stick-pin" spot. 
Western Meadowlark

Photo by Rozanne Rapozo
The Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) has a dry grass colored back with a bright yellow chest and black V necklace.
Red-tailed Hawk

Photo by Craig Tooley
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) has a reddish tail that develops in the adult plumage. A juvenile has a brown banded tail.
Cliff Swallow

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The Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonata) builds round oven-shaped mud nests and feeds on many insects.
Allen's Hummingbird

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Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) is tiny with rusty back. Winters further south. 
Anna's Hummingbird

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Anna's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) is tiny with a rusty back and winters further south.
American Kestrel


Photo by Craig Tooley
The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is a small falcon of the meadows. The female is streaky brown while the male shows a rusty chest with bluish wings and cap.
Western Bluebird


Photo by Richard Skidmore
The Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) is brilliant blue in the sunlight. It nests in tree holes and next boxes.

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