Some Small Birds that I Have Recently Encountered

Over the past couple of months, I have been doing some birding in the area around home. Late fall and winter bring some birds migrating to warmer climates to join those that stay year around. Here are a few that live in the area most or all of the year.

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The American Robin stays around all year, but I never see them in large numbers like I have seen them in other areas. They are a beautiful bird with a pretty song. They are very easy to spot; they hunt for worms and other insects on the ground in open areas.

Black Phoebe (Sayornis Nigricans)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; NOV 2018

The black phoebe is a flycatcher. They like to live near the water, You can see them perched on trees, hunting for insects or arthropods. When they spot something take it while in the air or diving upon their prey while it is on the ground.

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo Maculatus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; NOV 2018

The spotted towhee likes to hide in the underbrush and eat insects. Look for fluttering in the brush pile and watch carefully you just might catch a glimpse of one.

White Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta Carolinensis)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; NOV 2018

The white breasted nuthatch can be seen scampering up, down and around tree branches and trunks in search of food. They are fun to watch as they move quickly while searching and descend headfirst when going downward. They primarily eat insects but do also eat nuts.

Bushtit (Psaltriparus Minimus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; NOV 2018

The bushtit is a tiny bird mostly found in small flocks. They fly from tree to tree staying only a very short time. They primarily dine on small insects and spiders.

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