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Some  California  Coast  Seed-Eaters

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) "Oregon"


Chestnut-Backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)


Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)

    These small flocking birds arrived in a group of several dozen shortly after I hung up a few feeders with seeds. Dark skies prevented me from getting the detail I would have liked but these will do as place-holders for now.

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)

   The Lesser Goldfinch is indeed a very small bird the smallest of all of these relatively small seed-eating birds. Sibley lists this bird as 4.5 inches long with a wingspan of only 8 inches. They don't care much for the mixed seeds in the large feeder shown in the other images shown on this page but they are fond of the nyger seeds provided in nylon sacks shown here. We have 4 or five goldfinches on this sack almost every morning. This one is a male. Females are slightly smaller and lack the black cap.

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)

   The Pine Siskin, like the Goldfinch, prefers nyger seeds over ordinary birdseed, but will eat almost anything we put out. A little larger than the Lesser Goldfinch.

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