Bird Species of Eaton Canyon

Located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Eaton Canyon Park attracts a diversity of birds through the seasons. Natural communities in the canyon include oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, open wash with riparian vegetation along the intermittent stream and the adjacent chaparral-covered hillsides. A walk through the canyon during the peak of the spring migration (April-May) should provide an abundance of warblers, vireos, orioles, and flycatchers, along with the wide variety of resident birds. Hawks and owls hunt the chaparral and oak woodlands by day and night, respectively.

The list below, which is arranged in phylogenetic order (reading down each column) by common name, contains over 160 species and subspecies known to have been seen at one time or another in the Park. New birds are being added yearly. Refer to the chart for explanations of the abbreviations. Click on a bird name to access information (mostly) from Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds

Abbreviations Used in the List:

C - Common
FC - Fairly Common
M - Migrant
O - Occasional
R - Rare
Res - Resident
SV - Summer Visitor
U - Uncommon
Vag - Vagrant
WV - Winter Visitor
Acorn Woodpecker  C:Res
Allen's Hummingbird  U:M
American Crow  C:Res
American Dipper  R:Res
American Goldfinch  C:WV
American Kestral  O:Res
American Robin  O:WV
American White Pelican  R:M (overhead)
Anna's Hummingbird  C:Res
Ash-throated Flycatcher  FC:SV
Band-tailed Pigeon  C:WV
Barn Owl  R:M
Barn Swallow  O:M
Bell's sparrow (formerly Sage Sparrow)  R:M
Belted Kingfisher  O:M
Bewick's Wren  C:Res
Black Phoebe  FC:Res
Black Swift  R:M
Black-chinned Hummingbird  U:SV
Black-headed Grosbeak  C:SV
Blackpoll Warbler  Vag
Black-throated Blue Warbler  Vag
Black-throated Gray Warbler  C:M
Black-throated Sparrow  R:M
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  O:WV
Brewer's Sparrow  Vag
Brown Creeper  R:WV
Brown Thrasher  Vag
Brown-headed Cowbird  O:SV
Bullock's Oriole  C:SV
Bushtit  C:Res
California Quail  C:Res
California Scrub-Jay  C:Res
California Thrasher  C:Res
California Towhee  C:Res
Calliope Hummingbird  R:M
Canada Goose  O:WV (overhead)
Canyon Wren  U:Res
Cassin's Kingbird  R:M
Cassin's Vireo  O:M
Cedar Waxwing  O:WV
Chestnut-sided Warbler  Vag
Chipping Sparrow  O:M
Cliff Swallow  U:M
Common Ground-dove  R:M
Common Poorwill  U:Res
Common Raven  FC:Res
Common Yellowthroat  U:M
Cooper's Hawk  U:Res
Costa's Hummingbird  U:M
Dark-eyed (Gray-headed) Junco  R:WV
Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco  C:WV
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco  R:WV
Downy Woodpecker  U:Res
Dusky Flycatcher  R:M
European Starling  C:Res
Ferruginous Hawk  R:M
Fox Sparrow  U:WV
Golden Eagle  R:WV
Golden-crowned Kinglet  R:M
Golden-crowned Sparrow  C:WV
Gray Flycatcher  Vag
Great Blue Heron  R:WV
Great Horned Owl  C:Res
Greater Roadrunner  U:Res
Green Heron  R:WV
Green-tailed Towhee  R:M
Hairy Woodpecker  R:WV
Hammond's Flycatcher  U:M
Harris' Sparrow  Vag
Hermit Thrush  C:WV
Hermit Warbler  U:M
Hooded Oriole  C:SV
Hooded Warbler  Vag
House Finch  C:Res
House Sparrow  C:Res
House Wren  C:SV
Hutton's Vireo  O:M
Indian peafowl  U:Res
Killdeer  O:SV
Lark Sparrow  R:WV
Lawrence's Goldfinch  O:WV
Lazuli Bunting  R:M
Lesser Goldfinch  FC:SV
Lesser Nighthawk  R:SV
Lewis's Woodpecker  R:WV
Lilac-crowned Parrot  U:Res
Lincoln's Sparrow  U:WV
Loggerhead Shrike  O:Res
MacGillivray's Warbler  O:M
Mallard  R:WV
Merlin  O:WV
Mountain Chickadee  O:WV
Mourning Dove  C:Res
Nashville Warbler  C:M
Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker  C:Res
Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker  Vag
Northern Harrier  R:M
Northern Mockingbird  C:Res
Northern Pygmy-owl  R:Res
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  U:M
Northern Saw-whet Owl  R:WV
Northern Shrike  Vag
Nuttall's Woodpecker  C:Res
Oak Titmouse  C:Res
Olive-sided Flycatcher  U:M
Orange-crowned Warbler  C:M
Osprey   R:M (overhead)
Ovenbird  Vag
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  C:M
Phainopepla  FC:SV
Pine Siskin  O:WV
Prothonotary Warbler  Vag
Purple Finch  U:WV
Red-breasted Nuthatch  R:WV
Red-breasted Sapsucker  U:WV
Red-crowned Parrot  C:Res
Red-naped Sapsucker  O:WV
Red-shouldered Hawk  O:Res
Red-tailed Hawk  C:Res
Red-whiskered Bulbul  O:res
Rock Pidgeon  U:Res
Rock Wren  FC:Res
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  C:WV
Rufous Hummingbird  U:M
Rufous-crowned Sparrow  U:Res
Sage Thrasher  Vag
Savannah Sparrow  R:M
Say's Phoebe  O:WV
Sharp-shinned Hawk  FC:WV
Song Sparrow  U:Res
Spotted Dovee  O:Res
Spotted Towhee  C:Res
Steller's Jay  O:WV
Summer Tanager  Vag
Swainson's Hawk  R:M
Swainson's Thrush  C:M
Swamp Sparrow  Vag
Tennessee Warbler  Vag
Townsend's Solitaire  R:WV
Townsend's Warbler  FC:M
Tree Swallow  U:M
Turkey Vulture  O:M
Varied Thrush  R:WV
Vaux's Swift  O:M
Violet-green Swallow  C:M
Virginia's Warbler  Vag
Warbling Vireo  C:M
Western Bluebird  U:Res
Western Kingbird  O:M
Western Meadowlark  R:M
Western Screech-owl  U:Res
Western Tanager  U:SV
Western Wood-Pewee  C:M
White-breasted Nuthatch  O:WV
White-crowned Sparrow  C:WV
White-faced Ibis  R:M (overhead)
White-throated Sparrow  Vag
White-throated Swift  C:Res
Willow Flycatcher  R:M
Wilson's Snipe  R:WV
Wilson's Warbler  C:M
Wrentit  C:Res
Yellow Warbler  U:M
Yellow-breasted Chat  R:M
Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler  C:WV
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler  R:WV