Casa Dos Rios Birds

This is a comprehensive list in loose taxanomic order of all bird species seen at Casa Dos Rios since it was purchased in April, 2004.
Common NameLatin NameNotesLink to photos
Total species
Double-crested CormorantPhalacrocorax auritusflyover 1/6/14
Wading Birds:
Great Blue HeronArdea herodiasflyover on 2/11/08, 6/30/10 & 7/4/10; bred across Watsonville Rd. in eucalyptus 4/14
Great EgretArdea albaforaging in native garden for two days in 9/08
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticoraxjuvenile flyover 6/24/14
Geese & Ducks:
Canada GooseBranta canadensisflyover (2) on 4/3/10
Wood DuckAix sponsabreed here regularly - 3 pairs bred here most years, no breeding in 2014 due to drought, 5 pairs breeding here 2015 with addition of 10 new nest boxes, as many as 28 photographed feeding on olives/acorns on wildlife cams
MallardAnas platyrhynchosseen regularly year-round, no evidence of breeding
Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus1/1/15 pair seen feeding in Uvas Creek
Common MerganserMergus merganserLast breeding record here was in 1990, pairs seen here most winters but no current breeding evidence
Raptors:
Turkey VultureCathartes auraregular flyovers, perch on house and fences periodically
White-tailed KiteElanus leucurus1st pair here 3/08, pair her on 4/26/10
Sharp-shinned HawkAccipiter striatusregular here - watched one kill Western bluebird 5 feet away!
Cooper's HawkAccipiter cooperiiregular here - photographed nesting pair 2013, more common than sharp-shinned
Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatusnested in riparian corridor in 2007, and has nested nearby other years, regular flyovers, one found dead in creek
Red-tailed HawkButeo jamaicensisregular fly-overs, two found dead in creeks over the years
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetosNest 1 mile away off Day Road, flyovers 9/6/09 & 9/13/09 (very high up)
American KestrelFalco sparveriusregular in field across the street
Game Birds: