Songbirds
OF WESTERN NORTH AMERICA

Chickadees, Kinglets, Swallows, Jays, Crows, Wrens, Thrushes, Tanagers, Flycatchers, Finches, Sparrows, Warblers, Waxwings, Blackbirds, etc.


Colorful songbirds: American Goldfinch (left). Western Bluebird (right).

The following page is devoted to some of my photographs of Passerines, more commonly (although less accurately) known as "perching birds" or "songbirds." Passerine birds make up more than half of all living birds. They are of small to medium size, have three toes pointing forward and one pointing back, and are often brightly colored. They also usually lay colored eggs. CHICKADEES, KINGLETS, SWALLOWS, JAYS, CROWS, WRENS, THRUSHES, TANAGERS, FLYCATCHERS, FINCHES, SPARROWS, WARBLERS, WAXWINGS, AND BLACKBIRDS are all passerine birds.

(Most of the birds on this page were photographed in Washington or British Columbia, and a few perhaps from my travels around the western United States. However, I have many other bird photos that are not on this page, from AN AMAZING BIRDING ROADTRIP through several birding hotspots across the country I embarked on in Spring 2008.)

Disclaimer: With bird photography, by first goal is to just document the bird sighting, and after I've done that my goal becomes getting a good photo of the bird. So my bird photos range from identification "I've seen that bird" photos to good "I'd hang that on my wall" photos.


Songbirds

Brewer's BLACKBIRD
eastern WA
Mono Lake, CA

Red-winged BLACKBIRD
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
Sumas River Dike, BC

Yellow-headed BLACKBIRD
eastern WA

Eastern BLUEBIRDS
Cedar Hill SP, Dallas, TX

Mountain BLUEBIRD
eastern WA

Western BLUEBIRD
eastern WA

BUSHTIT
Bellingham, WA
Abbotsford, BC

Gray CATBIRD
eastern WA

Yellow-breasted CHAT
eastern WA

Black-capped CHICKADEE
North Cascade foothills, WA
Bellingham, WA

Chestnut-backed CHICKADEE
Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park, BC

Mountain CHICKADEE
Great Basin National Park, NV

Brown-headed COWBIRD
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
North Cascade foothills, WA
Saturna Island, BC

Brown-headed COWBIRD juvenile being fed by a Townsend's WARBLER
Saturna Island, BC

Brown CREEPER
Saturna Island, BC

Red CROSSBILL
Great Basin National Park, NV
Saturna Island, BC

American CROW
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

House FINCH
Saturna Island, BC
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
North Cascade foothills, WA

Black Rosy FINCH
Grand Teton National Park, WY

Olive-sided FLYCATCHER
Saturna Island, BC

Pacific-slope FLYCATCHER
Saturna Island, BC

Vermillion FLYCATCHER
Sweetwater Wetlands, AZ

Black-capped** GNATCATCHER
Madera Canyon, AZ
**in the winter plumage is it very hard to distinguish between Black-capped and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, but the birdcall and the more graduated tail feathers suggested a Black-capped

American GOLDFINCH
Saturna Island, BC

Lesser GOLDFINCH
Florida Canyon, AZ

Black-headed GROSBEAK
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
North Cascade foothills, WA

Evening GROSBEAK
North Cascade foothills, WA

Blue JAY
Lyons, CO

Gray JAY
Mt. Baker area, WA

Mexican JAY
Madera Canyon, AZ

Stellar JAY
North Cascade foothills, WA

Western Scrub JAY
Reno, NV

Oregon Dark-eyed JUNCO
North Cascade foothills, WA
Saturna Island, BC

Eastern KINGBIRD
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

Western KINGBIRD
Utah
eastern WA

Gold-crowned KINGLET
Saturna Island, BC

Ruby-crowned KINGLET
Florida Canyon, AZ

Horned LARK
Mt. St. Helens overlook, WA

Black-billed MAGPIE
Reno, NV
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Western MEADOWLARK
eastern WA
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT

Northern MOCKINGBIRD
Florida Canyon, AZ

Clark's NUTCRACKER
Mt. Rainier area, WA

Pygmy NUTHATCH
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
eastern WA

Red-breasted NUTHATCH
Saturna Island, BC

White-breasted NUTHATCH
Florida Canyon, AZ

Bullock's ORIOLE
eastern WA

PHAINOPEPLA
Santa Rita Mountain foothills, AZ

Say's PHOEBE
Zion National Park, UT

Common RAVEN
Yosemite, CA

Common REDPOLL
North Cascade foothills, WA

American ROBIN
Saturna Island, BC
Abbotsford, BC
Keystone Ferry Landing, WA

Northern SHRIKE
Montlake Fill, Seattle, WA
1st winter

Pine SISKIN
North Cascade foothills, WA
Saturna Island, BC

Black-throated SPARROW
Santa Rita Mountain foothills, AZ

Brewer's SPARROW
Grand Teton National Park, WY

Fox SPARROW
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Golden-crowned SPARROW
Birch Bay, WA
Saturna Island, BC
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

House SPARROW
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Lark SPARROW
Lyons, CO

Rufous-crowned SPARROW
Florida Canyon, AZ

Savannah SPARROW
Bear River MIgratory Bird Refuge, UT

Song SPARROW
Birch Bay, WA
Saturna Island, BC


White-crowned SPARROW
Saturna Island, BC

European STARLING
Keystone Ferry Landing, WA
Boundary Bay, BC

Barn SWALLOW
Saturna Island, BC

Tree SWALLOW
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Violet-green SWALLOW
Mono Lake, CA
Saturna Island, BC

Hepatic TANAGER
Madera Canyon, AZ

Western TANAGER
Bellingham, WA

Sage THRASHER
eastern WA

Varied THRUSH
Abbotsford, BC
Tacoma, WA

Bridled TITMOUSE
Madera Canyon, AZ

Abert's TOWHEE
Sweetwater Wetlands, AZ

Green-tailed TOWHEE
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Spotted TOWHEE
North Cascade foothills, WA
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

VERDIN
Sweetwater Wetlands, AZ

Hutton's VIREO
Florida Canyon, AZ

Warbling VIREO
eastern WA

Orange-crowned WARBLER
Sweetwater Wetlands, AZ
Saturna Island, BC

Brown-headed COWBIRD juvenile being fed by a Townsend's WARBLER
Saturna Island, BC

Townsend's WARBLER
Saturna Island, BC

Yellow-rumped WARBLER 
Abbotsford, BC
Saturna Island, BC

Cedar WAXWINGS
North Cascades, WA
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC

Western WOOD-PEWEE (?)
Yosemite, CA

Bewick's WREN
Bellingham, WA
Saturna Island, BC

Canyon WREN
Florida Canyon, AZ

House WREN
Saturna Island, BC
Florida Canyon, AZ

Marsh WREN
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
Keystone Ferry Landing, WA

Rock WREN
Coachline Gravel Pit, AZ

Winter WREN
Saturna Island, BC

Common YELLOWTHROAT
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, BC
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