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American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) The oldest American Dipper was over 8 years old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during a banding operation in South Dakota.

The Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) is the best-known species of the juncos, a genus of small grayish American sparrows. This bird is common across much of temperate North America and in summer ranges far into the Arctic. It is a very variable species, much like the related Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca), and its systematics is still not completely untangled.

The Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) is the best-known species of the juncos, a genus of small grayish American sparrows. This bird is common across much of temperate North America and in summer ranges far into the Arctic. It is a very variable species, m

American Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)

bozótcinege (Psaltriparus minimus) / American bushtit / Photo by Bob Steele

American Dipper

American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) Unlike most other songbirds, but similarly to ducks, the American Dipper molts its wing and tail feathers all at once in the late summer. The bird is flightless during this time.

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The White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) is a medium-sized sparrow native to North America. There are five currently recognized subspecies of white-crowned sparrow (pugetensis, gambelii, nuttalli, oriantha, and leucophrys), varying in migratory behaviour and breeding habitat. Pugetensis is named for our very own Puget Sound and though they live here year-round, the male's beautiful, plaintive mating song is something I start listening for in May every year!

White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys 4 May 2013 We spotted our first White-crowned Sparrow in the back yard yesterday.

Don't call it a seagull -- this is a Black-vented Shearwater, skimming over the waves, doing what it does. (photo by Glen Tepke)

Black-vented Shearwater (out of order) First seen: Morro Bay pelagic, Morro Bay, CA USA

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