Quite often, I find myself photographing and writing about birds, and birding is a favorite hobby of mine. Below are a few guides to help with identifying tricky species in the field. In addition, on this page you will also find a list individual species accounts, organized alphabetically by common name.
Suggested Reading: Introduction to California Birdlife (Jules Evens and Ian Tait)
(A list of all the birds I encountered in 2017 can be found here.)
ID help for gulls: Gull ID Tips
ID help for small shorebirds of California's Central Valley: Peeps, Plovers and Other Notoriously Difficult Shorebirds: Central Valley Edition
ID help for small shorebirds of California's central coast: Peeps, Plovers, and Other Notoriously Difficult Shorebirds: Coastal Edition
ID help for large shorebirds of California's central coast: A Shorebird Primer: Godwits, Curlews, Willets and Whimbrels
ID help for a few sparrows: Common Sparrow ID Tips
Click on each bird below to learn more!
American White Pelican
Black-crowned Night Heron
California Scrub Jay
Goldeneye (Common & Barrow's)
Great Horned Owl