backyard birds Victoria BC

Crows in trees

My Bird List

Ever since I first hung up bird feeders (seed, suet, and hummingbird) in my garden in 2015, I’ve taken note of the birds that show up here. I’m not a bird watcher (life list, keen to see rare birds), but over the years I’ve noticed the regulars and learned who makes what sounds.

Bird feeder on clothesline
Feeder hangs from the clothesline, so is about 8 feet from the ground and inaccessible to squirrels.

Regulars, meaning birds that frequent the feeders or are seen almost every day:

  • Crow (there’s always a crow family around)
  • Sparrows: Fox, House, White-Crowned, Golden-Crowned, maybe others as well
  • Bewick’s Wren (the Shoe Birds of 2015 were a pair of these)
  • House Finch
  • Purple Finch
  • Pine Siskin (identified these recently)
  • Dark-Eyed Junco (fall and winter only)
  • Chestnut-Backed Chickadee
  • Bushtit (tiny birds who travel in gangs)
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Anna’s Hummingbird (lots of these around here; year-round residents)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-Breasted Nuthatch
  • American Robin
  • Starling
  • Gulls (not sure what kind; fly over daily)
  • Raven (seen/heard regularly in neighbourhood)

Occasionals, meaning seen or heard infrequently:

  • Steller’s Jay
  • Northern Flicker
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Barred Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • American Goldfinch
  • Kinglet (not sure if Ruby-Crowned or Golden-Crowned)
  • Mallard Duck (a pair used to visit the pond years ago)
  • Great Blue Heron (when there were goldfish in the pond; now just fly over)
  • Bald Eagle (fly over occasionally)
  • Turkey Vulture (fly over occasionally)
  • Canada Goose (heard honking as they fly over)

Here are some rather inferior photos of a few of these birds. I have neither the skill nor the equipment to take good ones. Clockwise from top left: Barred Owl, Bewick’s Wren, Anna’s Hummingbird, American Goldfinches, Mallard Ducks. The featured image at the top of the post shows four crows, two in a birch and two more in the ailanthus.