651 bird species are listed by the California Birds Records Committee (as of 22 Jan 2013). Accordingly, the state has more bird species than any other state.
The Yellow-billed Magpie and the Santa Cruz Island Scrub Jay are the only endemic California birds.
Four ecoregions...(i) desert (e.g., Mohave Desert), (ii) Mediterranean (e.g., Central Valley), (iii) forested mountains (e.g., Sierra Nevada) and (iv) coastal forests account for the numerous birds found in the state.
The California Quail was adopted at the state bird in 1931.
We thank the many people that we've met along the way for their helpful advice and friendly conversation...and most recently the staff at Elkhorn Slough National Reserve.