Birds

Today park visitors can readily observe many birds that are active in the daytime, including raptors such as Red-tailed Hawk and American kestrel, and many insect, berry, and seed eating birds. Hummingbirds too, are active and can be observed in the daytime. Some owls, such as the Great Horned and Barn Owl, which are normally nocturnal, have been observed on occasions such as when they are breeding and have young fledglings. 

 

Ascot Hills Park Bird Count Summary

Category Common Name Scientific Name Spring Summer Fall Winter Status
3/18/2018 4/7/2019 6/25/2018 7/15/2019 9/30/2018 10/12/2019 1/13/2019 2/23/2020
Waterfowl Canada Goose
Pigeons and Doves Rock Pigeon 2
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto 2 1 1
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura 4 2 9 7 22 2 3 R
Swifts White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis 3 3
swift sp. 4
Hummingbirds Anna’s Hummingbird Calypte anna 2 4 1 1 2 5 4 3 R
Allen’s Hummingbird Selasphorus sasin 3 2 1 4 2 1 R
Rufous/Allen’s Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus/sasin
hummingbird sp. Trochilidae sp. 8 1 8 1 7 2 4
Cormorants and Anhingas Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
Pelicans American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Herons, Ibis, and Allies Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Vultures, Hawks, and Allies Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus 1 O
Northern Harrier Circus hudsonius 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii 1
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
Swainson’s Hawk Buteo swainsoni
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis 2 1 4 2 1 1 3 R
hawk sp 2
Owls Barn Owl Tyto alba
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus 3 1 R,  Nesting
Woodpeckers Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Nuttall’s Woodpecker Dryobates nuttallii 2 1 2 1 R
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus 3 3 W
Falcons and Caracaras American Kestrel Falco sparverius 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 R
Merlin
Parrots, Parakeets, and Allies Yellow-chevroned Parakeet Brotogeris chiriri 5 O, I
Red-crowned Parrot Amazona viridigenalis
Tyrant Flycatchers: Pewees, Kingbirds, and Allies Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
Pacific-slope Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis 1 M, O
Empidonax sp. Empidonax sp.
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans 1 2 W
Say’s Phoebe Sayornis saya 2 1 W
Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
Cassin’s Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans 4 2 1 M, R ?
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis 1 1 M
Vireos Hutton’s Vireo Vireo huttoni
Cassin’s Vireo Vireo cassinii
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
Shrikes Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica 8 2 2 1 7 4 3 1 R
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos 8 3 1 R
Common Raven Corvus corax 2 2 1 3 4 1 R
Larks Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
Martins and Swallows Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis 2 1 S
Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 7 1 M ?
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota 1 1 1 S
Bulbuls Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus
Long-tailed Tits and Bushtit Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus 11 X 30 14 R
Parrotbills, Wrentit, and Allies Wrentit Chamaea fasciata
Kinglets Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula 1 W, O
Gnatcatchers Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea 2 1 1 2 W, O
Wrens Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus
House Wren Troglodytes aedon 1 1 1 R
Bewick’s Wren Thryomanes bewickii 1 1 1 1 3 R,  Nesting?
Starlings and Mynas European Starling Sturnus vulgaris 2
Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers California Thrasher Polioptila caerulea 1 1 R?
Northern Mockingbird Salpinctes obsoletus 11 4 7 7 3 5 5 1 R
Thrushes Western Bluebird Polioptila caerulea
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Waxwings Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum 20 W
Silky-flycatchers Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens 1 O
Estrildids Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata 1 O
Old World Sparrows House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Wagtails and Pipits American Pipit Anthus rubescens
Finches, Euphonias, and Allies House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus 18 7 127 X X 15 4 R
Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus 5 7 W
Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria 4 3 6 3 17 1 1 6 R
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
New World Sparrows Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus 8 O
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys 15 7 3 8 16 3 W
Golden-crowned Sparrow Chondestes grammacus 1 W
Vesper Sparrow Passerella iliaca
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis 7 O
Song Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys 5 5 1 2 1 6 1 W
Lincoln’s Sparrow Chondestes grammacus 1 1 W
California Towhee Melozone crissalis 15 11 10 6 21 6 17 4 R
Rufous-crowned Sparrow Aimophila ruficeps 1
Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus 4 2 M, R?
Blackbirds Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta 2 1 O
Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus 3 S
Wood-Warblers Orange-crowned Warbler Leiothlypis celata
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas 2 2 3 M
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata 6 5 5 18 9 2 M
Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens
Townsend’s Warbler
Setophaga townsendi
Wilson’s Warbler Cardellina pusilla
warbler sp. Parulidae sp. 1 1
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Allies Western Tanager
Piranga ludoviciana
Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus 1 O
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena
Others passerine sp.
6
Total Species Observed 26 30 19 20 22 27 20 13
Other Taxa Observed 1 3 3 2 1

KEY (Status Column):   

N = known to Nest in Ascot Hills Park 

I  =  Introduced (non native) species, established

O =  Occasional

R = Resident year around 

W = Winter visitor

S = Summer visitor

X = Too many to count

 

Note:   Based on eBird field checklist for this area. Includes species that may be rarely observed or species such as Cormorant and American White Pelican, which may be observed as an over fly.

 

 

 

 

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