The following birds were viewed and identified in Folsom, California between the dates of December 24-27, 2015. Some were spotted eating out of the feeders in my mother’s backyard garden while others were hanging out over the fence in the wetlands greenspace along the Humbug Willow Creek Trail behind her suburban home.
I used The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Western Region (Audubon Society Field Guide Series) as well as 2 cool iPhone apps to do the identification. The first app is called Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and I used that to input a visual description of each bird and the app returned a list of likely results.
Once I was reasonably sure I had correctly visually identified a species I’d search for that bird on the app Birds Near Me by Gerry Shaw. If the bird I thought I had identified appeared in the heat map results returned by Birds Near Me I confirmed the specimen as IDENTIFIED and recorded it on this list.