Not sure about this one, but it is the reddest of the squirrels in the area. More of a mixed red-grey coat making me think is a melano with a red gene.
I read in Roger Caras' Mammals of North America that the Eastern Red Squirrel had not gone as far south as the central coast of CA. However, his book was written in 1967.
Anybody have an idea?
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Another frequent visitor to our backyard feeder. We get both male and female and later we will see them bringing young to the feeder and teaching them how to get the seed.
black head, female has white stripes on head, black and white speckled wings, underneath part of wings is yellow, female breast is a pale orange, males has darker orange breast.
Used this image as it was taken on May 25th. Adding others from another time.
Have been seeing them for 8 years here.
At the Quarry Pond at the end of our street. We often see the same species in our yard. Note the tongue in the picture.
Was high in a tree near a pond. Drew attention to itself with a lovely tweet that I did not recognize. Even with a 400 lens, could not get a good view.
Second photo shows back side that is brown. The lower bill is definitely a yellow-orange. Forked tail makes me think it is a flycatcher.
Thanks to John D for identification
GREY BIRD, SMALL, TOPNOT, FEEDS WITH SEED BETWEEN HIS FEET. OFTEN COMES TO FEEDER WITH CHICKADEES.
REDWING BLACKBIRD MALE
RED EPAULETS ARE BRIGHT ORANGE-RED. HE IS AMONG THE REEDS AT THE POND AT THE END OF OUR STREET. MAKES HIS CALL MORNING AND AFTERNOON WITH THE LOW SWEET WHISTLE. THERE ARE FEMALES ALSO AT THE POND.
stems have purple streaks
GREY SQUIRREL, WHITE BELLY, SOME HAVE WHITE AROUND EARS, SEE AT OUR FEEDER DAILY.
When several people identified this as an Eastern Grey Squirrel, I thought, "in CA?"
So I went where I should have gone to begin with: North American Animals of the U.S. and Canada by Roger Caras - one of my favorite books!
This grey squirrel is found in WA, OR, and CA.
The Rockies are the barrier to the Eastern Grey.
BLACK SQUIRREL, FEMALE, LACTATING, ON OUR FEEDER. COMES DAILY
DARK HEADED JAY WITH TOPNOT, DEEP BLUE ON REST OF BODY
We see a flock of approximately 20 in our yard year-round. They come daily. Scare easily and retreat to a tall juniper before returning.
Often accompanied by a single Eurasion Collard-Dove.
Small, aggressive hummingbird. This one was in our backyard, however, we most often observe Allen's at the UCSC Arboretum during Fall migration, Spring, and into early summer.
See it daily, year-round. This medium size hummingbird is a year-round resident of the Pacific Coast from Washington to Baja.
This female dominates our backyard chasing away males and Allen's hummingbirds.
Have seen infrequently over the past 2 years on hydrangea in the backyard.
Between April and August
medium sized finch with prominent red on head of the male during mating season.
Prominent black and white markings on back
Common in our area. We see them at our feeder every day of the year