Painted Bunting

Most of the photos will not be like this one.

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Photos of the Birds of Utopia

These pages provide images of many of the local Utopia area bird species. So those without a bird book might be able to ID something they saw, or to know and appreciate what might be seen hereabouts. These pages also document lots of what is here. There are about TWO HUNDRED species shown on these various bird photo pages now. All but one photographed locally (obvious by the bark, but not going to tell you which one - LOL). The birds on some pages are grouped by habitat (brush country vs. hill country), others by family groups, some by status (regular or rare), and some pages are just a single species or few. Click on the tiles below to explore the photos for that group. The family group sets often go into ID, status, and distribution here.

In addition the weekly bird news photo break pics are collated into an annual page, for the last 8 years. Those pages follow the family and other group pages. Those photos are as used (including whatever comments I had), and in the chrono order they were used, with reckless disregard for sorting. These weekly news break photo pages have butterflies, dragonflies, bugs, trees, flowers, reptiles, anything, they are not just birds. We are working on that however to better organize everything, especially the birds to make them easier to find.

Note: Some photographs on a page or few were "taken through window" old glass (and maybe screen), "ttw" may be noted. The rest are just bad photos I have no excuse for ... bad photographer, lens, light, childhood ...   :) Generally the photographs are low to medium resolution, that is, barely acceptable, and, nothing is posted at 'full strength' resolution. Some are digiscopes with a Mavica (floppy disk)! They are also overly cropped too tight, to keep file sizes lower. They are not for art, but merely for illustrative, ID, and documentation purposes.

With apologies, please note I am not interested in seeing out-of-area bird photos to ID.  :)

Please look up your *local* Audubon Society if you have a bird photo you would like ID'd, you should know someone there.  There is a chapter in every part of the state, and they are invariably loaded with all the great interesting local natural history folk that really want to know what you saw.   :)

If you have something from the Utopia area, please ask first if over 1MB, Thanking you in advance for your kind consideration.   :)

2023 Update: new family group pages are now up for Flycatchers, Woodpeckers, and Vireos.

These first categories below are strictly for the birds ...

The following are all assorted categories...
They are the weekly news break pix, and may be
birds, butterflies, odes, flowers, fungus, or anything.

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