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Photo by G.W. Robinson

Owens Valley birds by habitat

by Tom and Jo Heindel

See also: Birds of the Owens Lake

Taxonomy, nomenclature, and seasonal divisions used follow the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) Check-list of North American Birds, 7th edition, 1998.  Sp = spring ( 1 March to 30 May), Su = summer (1 June to 31 July), F=fall (1 Aug to 30 Nov), W = winter (1 Dec to 28 Feb).

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Northern Harrier Western Kingbird (Sp, Su)
Swainson’s Hawk (Sp, Su, F) Horned Lark
Ferruginous Hawk (F, W, Sp) Common Raven
Rough-legged Hawk (W) Western Bluebird (Sp, F)
American Kestrel Mountain Bluebird (F, W, Sp)
Merlin (F) European Starling
Prairie Falcon Lark Sparrow (Sp, F)
Barn Owl Savannah Sparrow
Burrowing Owl Chestnut-collared Longspur (F)
Say’s Phoebe Western Meadowlark


Turkey vulture (Sp, Su,F) White-throated Swift (Sp, Su)
Red-tailed Hawk Tree Swallow (Sp, Su, F)
Golden Eagle Violet-green Swallow (Sp, Su, F)
Common Nighthawk (Su) Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Sp, Su, F)
Lesser Nighthawk (Sp, Su, F) Bank Swallow (Sp, Su, F)
Vaux’s Swift (Sp) Cliff Swallow (Sp, Su, F)
Barn Swallow (Sp, Su, F)


Desert Scrub
Greater Roadrunner LeConte’s Thrasher
Common Poorwill (Sp, Su, F) Loggerhead Shrike
Costa’s Hummingbird (Sp, Su) Black-throated Sparrow (Sp, Su, F)


Oak Woodland
Oak Titmouse
California Towhee


Coniferous Forest
Blue Grouse Brown Creeper
Mountain Quail Golden-crowned Kinglet
Northern Saw-whet Owl Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Williamson’s Sapsucker Townsend’s Solitaire
Hairy Woodpecker Hermit Thrush (Sp, Su, F)
White-headed Woodpecker Yellow-rumped Warbler (Sp, Su, F)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Sp, Su, F) Western Tanager (Sp, Su, F)
Western Wood-Pewee (Sp, Su, F) Black-headed Grosbeak (Sp, Su, F)
Steller’s Jay Chipping Sparrow (Sp, Su, F)
Clark’s Nutcracker Dark-eyed Junco
Mountain Chickadee Cassin’s Finch
Red-breasted Nuthatch Red Crossbill
White-breasted Nuthatch Pine Siskin
Pygmy Nuthatch


Rock Wren White-throated Swift (Sp, Su, F)
Canyon Wren Say’s Phoebe


Ladder-backed Woodpecker Gray Flycatcher (Sp, Su, F)
Cactus Wren Western Scrub-Jay
Scott’s Oriole (Sp, Su) Pinyon Jay
Juniper Titmouse
Plumbeous Vireo (Sp, Su)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Sp, Su, F)


Sagebrush Scrub
Sage Thrasher (Sp, Su, F) Vesper Sparrow
Green-tailed Towhee (Sp, Su, F) Sage Sparrow
Brewer’s Sparrow (Sp, Su, F)


Anna’s Hummingbird (Sp, Su, F) Cedar Waxwing (Sp, F)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (Sp, Su, F) Brewer’s Blackbird
Rufous Hummingbird (Sp, F) Hooded Oriole (Sp, Su)
American Crow House Finch
American Robin American Goldfinch (F, W, Sp)
Northern Mockingbird House Sparrow


Common Loon (Sp, F) Osprey (Sp, Su, F)
Pied-billed Grebe Bald Eagle (W)
Eared Grebe Virginia Rail
Western Grebe (Sp, F) Sora
Clark’s Grebe (Sp, Su, F) American Coot
Amer. White Pelican (Sp, Su, F) Snowy Plover (Sp, Su, F)
Double-crested Cormorant (Sp, Su, F) Semipalmated Plover (Sp, F)
American Bittern Killdeer
Least Bittern (Sp, Su) Black-necked Stilt (Sp, Su, F)
Great Blue Heron American Avocet
Great Egret (Sp, Su, F) Greater Yellowlegs (Sp, F, W)
Snowy Egret (Sp, Su, F) Lesser Yellowlegs (Sp, F)
Cattle Egret (Sp, F) Solitary Sandpiper (Sp, F)
Green Heron (F, W, Sp) Willet (F, W, Sp)
Black-crowned Night-Heron Spotted Sandpiper (Sp, Su, F)
White-faced Ibis (Sp, F) Long-billed Curlew (Sp, Su, F)
Tundra Swan (W) Marbled Godwit (F)
Greater White-fronted Goose (F, W, Sp) Western Sandpiper (F, W, Sp)
Snow Goose (F, W, Sp) Least Sandpiper (F, W, Sp)
Canada Goose (F, W, Sp) Baird’s Sandpiper (F)
Wood Duck Pectoral Sandpiper (F)
Green-winged Teal Dunlin (F, W, Sp)
Mallard Short-billed Dowitcher (Sp, F))
Northern Pintail (F, W, Sp) Long-billed Dowitcher (Sp, F)
Blue-winged Teal (Sp, F) Common Snipe
Cinnamon Teal (Sp, Su, F) Wilson’s Phalarope (Sp, Su, F)
Northern Shoveler (F, W, Sp) Red-necked Phalarope (Sp, F)
Gadwall Bonaparte’s Gull (Sp, F)
American Wigeon (F, W, Sp) Ring-billed Gull
Canvasback (F, W, Sp) California Gull
Redhead Caspian Tern (Sp, Su, F)
Ring-necked Duck (F, W, Sp) Forster’s Tern (Sp, F)
Lesser Scaup (F, W, Sp) Black Tern (Sp, F)
Common Goldeneye (W) Belted Kingfisher
Bufflehead (F, W, Sp) Marsh Wren
Hooded Merganser (F, W) American Pipit (F, W, Sp)
Common Merganser (W, Sp) Common Yellowthroat (Sp, Su, F)
Red-breasted Merganser (Sp, Su, F) Red-winged Blackbird
Ruddy Duck Yellow-headed Blackbird (Sp, Su, F)


Sharp-shinned hawk (F, W, Sp) Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Sp, Su, F)
Cooper’s Hawk Black Phoebe
Red-shouldered Hawk Vermilion Flycatcher (F, W, Sp)
California Quail Ash-throated Flycatcher (Sp, Su, F)
Mourning Dove Black-billed Magpie
Western Screech-Owl Common Bushtit
Great Horned Owl Bewick’s Wren
Long-eared Owl House Wren (Sp, Su, F)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (Sp, Su) American Dipper
Anna’s Hummingbird Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Sp, Su, F)
Calliope Hummingbird (Sp, Su) Swainson’s Thrush (Sp)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Su) Phainopepla (Su)
Rufous Hummingbird (Sp, F) Cassin’s Vireo (Sp, F)
Red-naped Sapsucker (F, W, Sp) Warbling Vireo (Sp, Su, F)
Red-breasted Sapsucker Orange-crowned Warbler (Sp, Su, F)
Nuttall’s Woodpecker Nashville Warbler (Sp, F)
Downy Woodpecker Yellow Warbler (Sp, Su, F)
Northern Flicker Townsend’s Warbler (Sp, F)
Willow Flycatcher (Sp, Su, F) MacGillivray’s Warbler (Sp, Su, F)
Hammond’s Flycatcher (Sp, F) Wilson’s Warbler (Sp, Su, F)
Yellow-breasted Chat (Sp, Su, F) Lincoln’s Sparrow (F, W, Sp)
Blue Grosbeak (Sp, Su, F) Golden-crowned Sparrow (F, W, Sp)
Lazuli Bunting (Sp, Su, F) White-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee Brown-headed Cowbird
California Towhee Bullock’s Oriole (Sp, Su)
Fox Sparrow (Sp, Su, F) Lesser Goldfinch
Song Sparrow