Year Round Birds in Orange County

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In our photo section, the species list previously showed only a list of species by category.  There wasn’t an easy to way to determine what year round birds can be seen throughout the county.  As of October 10, 2015, I’ve highlighted the year round orange county birds in Green Bold letters.

Any species not highlighted in green is more than likely a migrant or vagrant or a caged release.  If you find any omissions please drop us a note below.

The revised list can be found here: Birds of Orange County

6 Responses

  1. Tom Heidrick

    La Habra Heights, California: During the past couple of weeks, a new “migrant” visitor has visited our ground wild bird feeding area. The male is a small, 4.5 inch, black and white bird, with gnatcatcher-like features, but strong finch-like pink beak and a diagnostic 6-8 inch black tail feather. He travels with a small flock of Nutmeg Manikins, and could be an exotic as well. Have others noted this bird elsewhere in southern California?
    Thanks in advance, TomH

  2. Over the last month, we have noticed many types of birds in our yard (Mission Viejo) that we’ve never seen before. Some varieties are here in large quantities and some seem to be solo….what could be causing this sudden burst in variety and quantity?

  3. Tom, I believe the species you are referring to is a Pin-tailed Whydah with its elongated tail. This lengthy tail is absent on the female. The Pin-tailed Whydah has been populating our socal area for quite awhile though it is still not ABA (American Birding Association) approved. The Nutmeg Mannikin you speak of has become so indigenous here that in fact it was approved (I believe two years ago) by the ABA and a new name has been given to this species “Scaly-breasted Munia”. Hope this helps

  4. Sorry for sounding so vague but in order to offer a bit more info, I might need to know a bit more about the species you’ve seen (example Bushtits travel in large packs 40 to 60 that could cause one to think there are a lot of birds whereas a Hermit Thrush are typically solo) and also the location such as pond, dirt walk trail, creek, etc. As two examples: last year we had an unusual invasion of Varied Thrushes in Lake Forest and Mission to name a few socal locations. It’s considered a rare bird in this area and so far this autumn there’s not been a single sighting. My research showed after reading a few articles that this was more than likely due to a food supply shortage in their normal habitat. This incident occurred in previous years as well especially in the early 90s according to the report I had read. Birds will do whatever it takes to find food sources. Also with respect to your question the time of day might be a factor and specific location such as a creek, pond, or a walk trail that might offer various berry trees supplying good food sources for species such as Northern Mockingbirds, Cedar Waxwings and so on. Cedar Waxwings as an example travel in large packs most of the time. I’ve seen as many as 40 or 50 together here in Mission Viejo but not during all times of the day. Once the food source is drained at a particular location then this pack will move onward to another area. Birds typically feed in the early to mid morning and late afternoon, if this was the time frame and there was a good source of food at the location you speak of, this may have been the factor. Hope this helps.

  5. Lois Halbert

    Thank you for sending your various sightings. There is a eucalyptus tree in our back yard so to speak…it’s on a bank in Wilderness Glen. All sorts of birds including hawks land and sit in this tree every day. It is leaning substantially and someday it probably will fall. Too bad because so many birds find this tree as refuge. If we call to have it trimmed the City will probably cut the tree down. They have been chopping trees down all over the Glen. Again, thanks for all your sightings and newsletter. Mr. & Mrs. Halbert, 22442 Destello.

  6. Hi – I would agree. There have several reported trees being cut back (articles in OC Register) and within potential nesting within the tree (prob not late January however) it could be disruptive to the wildlife.

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