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Birds at Bridgeport South Yuba River State Park Birds at Bridgeport Introductory sample, selected by Ed Pandolfino Pictures and sound extracted from Internet by Herb Lindberg Resident year around

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birds at bridgeport
Birds at Bridgeport

South Yuba River State Park

Birds at Bridgeport

Introductory sample, selected by Ed PandolfinoPictures and sound extracted from Internetby Herb Lindberg

bird groups

Resident year around

    • Acorn WoodpeckerWestern Scrub JaySteller’s JayBlack PhoebeSpotted TowheeCalifornia QuailAmerican DipperAmerican Robin
  • Summer Visitors
    • Cliff SwallowBullock’s Oriole
  • Winter Visitors
    • Dark-eyed JuncoRuby-crowned KingletGolden-crowned Sparrow
Bird Groups

Three groups of birds:

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Note: In all the slides with a speaker symbol, move your mouse around until the arrow cursor appears and then click on the speaker to hear the bird’s call. This takes a bit of time for long bird calls.

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residents year around

Residents Year Around

acorn woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
  • Nest in communal groups; some guard hoard while others are away
  • Can be spotted on dead trees or branches where holes for acorns can be drilled
  • Sounds like Woody Woodpecker
western scrub jay
Western Scrub Jay
  • Buries acorns that often sprout, so they are critical “oak farmers”
  • Piercing call
  • It’s blue, and a jay, but is NOT a Blue Jay
steller s jay
Steller's Jay
  • Generally at higher altitudes than Western Scrub Jay; both found at foothills altitude of Bridgeport.
  • Both are aggressive with piercing calls
  • Both are blue and jays, but not Blue Jays
black phoebe
Black Phoebe
  • Flycatcher
  • Usually close to water
  • Repetitive two-note song
spotted towhee
Spotted Towhee
  • Forages on the ground doing a ‘two-foot-kick’ dance (kicks material backwards with both feet at once and a hop).
  • Covers wide range of altitudes.
  • Formerly known as Rufous-sided Towhee
california quail
California Quail
  • Male (shown here) has dark, smooth plume and black and white face and throat pattern; females are duller with fuzzy plume.
  • Male is chief baby sitter.
  • Groups often stay in contact with little sputtering sounds.
  • Very susceptible to domestic cats.
  • Male’s song is a dragged out “Chi-ca-go” :
american dipper
American Dipper
  • A bird of mountain streams, and is always near the water.
  • Has a most interesting feeding method: perches on stream rock as here, dives into the water and fliesunderwater against strong current while eating larvae etc. on rocks and river bottom.
  • Also known as the Water Ouzel
  • Complex exuberant song -- John Muir’s favorite bird.
american robin
American Robin
  • Very familiar bird, often seen walking erect on the ground.
  • A clear caroling song; short phrases, rising and falling, often prolonged.
summer visitors

Summer Visitors

cliff swallow
Cliff Swallow
  • Vacuums up insects on the wing.
  • Builds dense colonies of mud nests under eaves and bridges. Thousands of mouthfuls of mud in each nest for Spring nesting.
  • Winters in southern South America.
  • This is the Capistrano Swallow.
bullock s oriole
Bullock's Oriole
  • Winters in Central America
  • Formerly lumped with Baltimore Oriole as Northern Oriole
  • Charming, bouncy song, harsh chatter


winter visitors

Winter Visitors

dark eyed junco
Dark-eyed Junco
  • Usually found in actively-foraging flocks.
  • Primarily a ground feeder, as here.
ruby crowned kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Non-stop forager with an attitude
  • Only shows ruby crown (male) when angry
  • Breeds mainly in mountains
golden crowned sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
  • Migrates up west coast as far as Alaska
  • Lacks “golden” crown until mature
  • Plaintive “Oh .. Dear .. me” song


  • Photographs
    • Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
    • All others
  • Sound
    • American Dipper
    • All Others:Doug Von Gausig at