Birds of Houston Ave
Very common birds shown below with key identification points illustrated:
House Sparrow - A small bird usually seen perched on the edges of roofs and gutters. They usually look for food on the ground and commonly by the side of the road. Male and female have different plumage as shown below and bill color varies, either being black or yellowish. Song is a repetitive series of 'chirp' calls with little or no variation. They will also make a noisy chattering call when annoyed.
European Starling - A medium-sized songbird which always appears all black from a distance. Looks for food on lawns and forages distinctly, walking with head low and periodically probing with bill into ground like a sewing machine. These birds sing and sometimes gather in large groups at the tops of trees. Adults are black with a yellow bill (the bill turns black in the winter), appearing iridescently colored and having white or tan-colored spots when seen up close. Young birds are all brown with a dark bill. These birds make a variety of noises, most notably a loud whistle and imitation of other species.
American Robin - A medium-sized songbird which is a little bigger than a Starling and has a long tail. This bird is unmistakeable with an orange belly and a gray head, back, wings and tail. These birds also mostly forage on the ground when they are not eating berries up in trees. They sing a melodious song from a hidden perch high in a tree. When agitated, they call a 'tut tut tut' call and flick their wings in and out and pump their tail up and down. Young birds have less orange on the belly and have lots of spots. Foraging birds on the ground hold a very recognizable upright posture.
Full Bird List
Great Black-backed Gull
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Gray Catbird *
Orange-crowned Warbler *
American Redstart *
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
House Sparrow - female
House Finch - female