Nesting habits:  Nest are built by both sexes, and is a platform of sticks and other material, lined with bark, moss, and sprigs of green vegetation. All feathers on Great Egrets are white. There is a general consens… They usually nest fairly low, rarely up to 50' above the ground. Because these are tropical birds, their plumage is generally more colorful and has warmer tones than most shorebirds. Peregrine Falcon. Diet and behavioral habits: Seen frequently throughout the year in Balboa Park since the late 1980’s, Great Egrets wade in shallow water (both fresh and salt) to hunt fish, frogs, and other small aquatic animals, and can often be spotted near the Lily Pond and Botanical Building. It has a stout black bill, red eyes and yellow legs. Diet and behavioral habits:  Fairly common in Balboa Park, since the 1950’s, but more often heard than seen. They sing a very distinctive three note whistle song. They have a straight, short, bill and a fairly broad tail. Starlings are boisterous, loud, and they travel in large groups. These birds have relatively  plump bodies, and their legs are thicker than most other shorebirds. There are only eight jacana species in the world, and they all belong to the family Jacanidae. Cavity usually 3-35' above ground, sometimes up to 60' or higher. The gift shop, run by Wild Birds Unlimited, is the best place in the region to shop for field guides and optics. Diet and behavioral habits:  A fairly common resident, Common Ravens aren’t as social as crows; you tend to see them alone or in pairs except at food sources like landfills. Saw 3 green herons, 2 great blues, wrens, nuthatches, solitary sandpiper, goldfinches and many turtles! The Spruce uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. She has over 16 years experience writing about wild birds for magazines and websites. The nest is built by the female with material supplied by the male, is a platform of twigs and grass, and the same pair may use the same site again, adding to the nest each time. The long tail and short wings can give this bird an ungainly look in flight. Birds of the Mountain Streams. This is the most widespread and familiar large hawk in North America, bulky and broad-winged, designed for effortless soaring. Wrentits are plain brownish-gray with paler, slightly streaked, pale pinkish bellies. One side of nest often has flat "doorstep" of pebbles. Hood is black and extends onto upper neck. The bill is straight and thin    Black Phoebes are mostly sooty gray on the upperparts and chest, with a slightly darker black head. Red-winged Blackbird. Hooded Orioles are acrobatic foragers and often hang upside down while they grab their prey, but they tend to forage sluggishly among leaves and branches. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. The nest (built by female) is slight depression in ground, lined with grass, weeds, rootlets, with inner lining of fine grass or plant down. Mourning Dove. Some males have contrasting blackish face masks. Nesting habits:  The Horned Lark nest is built in early winter on open ground, often next to grass clump, or other object. Learn tips for creating your most beautiful (and bountiful) garden ever. Males are bright yellow below with a glossy black cap and white patches in the wings; their backs can be glossy black or dull green. Diet and behavioral habits:  Fairly common year-round, the California Thrasher only found in California and Baja California. Keep Bird Feeders Clean and Backyard Birds Safe. The wings are short, making the tail seem long by comparison. They also regularly eat carrion and garbage. The face and throat are either yellow or white and the underparts are white. They also will catch insects like grasshoppers, and small rodents like gophers. 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