Saturday, May 9, 2009

Backyard birds of... San Francisco, California

California TowheeCalifornia Towhee, San Elijos Lagoon, San Diego Co., California on 31 October 2008 by Greg Gillson.


The following common yardbirds are found in San Francisco, California.

The seasons listed are those when most common, though some individuals may occur at other seasons.

Rock Pigeon, year round
Band-tailed Pigeon, year round
Mourning Dove, year round
Anna's Hummingbird, year round
Allen's Hummingbird, spring, summer
Downy Woodpecker, year round
Northern Flicker, year round
Black Phoebe, year round
Warbling Vireo, spring, summer, fall
Western Scrub-Jay, year round
American Crow, year round
Violet-green Swallow, spring, summer
Barn Swallow, spring, summer, fall
Cliff Swallow, spring, summer, fall
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, year round
Bushtit, year round
Pygmy Nuthatch, year round
Winter Wren, year round
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, fall, winter, spring
Swainson's Thrush, spring, summer, fall
Hermit Thrush, winter
American Robin, year round
Northern Mockingbird, year round
European Starling, year round
Cedar Waxwing, fall, winter, spring
Orange-crowned Warbler, spring, fall
Yellow-rumped Warbler, fall, winter, spring
Townsend's Warbler, fall, winter, spring
Wilson's Warbler, spring, fall
Western Tanager, spring, fall
California Towhee, year round
Fox Sparrow, winter
Song Sparrow, year round
White-crowned Sparrow, year round
Golden-crowned Sparrow, winter, spring
Dark-eyed Junco, year round
Red-winged Blackbird, year round
Brewer's Blackbird, year round
Brown-headed Cowbird, spring, summer, fall
House Finch, year round
American Goldfinch, year round
House Sparrow, year round

This list was compiled based on information on the San Francisco Field Ornithologist's site as well as the San Francisco Bay Wildlife web site.


  1. Pygmy Nuthatch seems unusual.

  2. I, too, thought Pygmy Nuthatch to be unusual.

    However, it was listed in the San Francisco Field Ornithologists' city limits bird as Common in all seasons, with a "1," the highest listing of abundance.

    A document by the California Department of Fish and Game ( says:

    "A separate subspecies (Grinnell and Miller 1944) breeds locally in closed-cone pine-cypress, Douglas-fir, and redwood habitats along the coast from Mendocino Co. south to San Luis Obispo Co."

    Perhaps someone in San Francisco can clarify.