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    Yosemite

    National Park California

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Common Birds

As you travel through Yosemite National Park, you can expect to see a diversity of birds, representing about 45 families. Below are some of the frequently seen families, represented by two species observed regularly in the park. View a complete Yosemite bird checklist.
 
Northern goshawk on left and sharp-shinned hawk on right
 
Prairie falcon on left and American kestrel on right
 
Acorn woodpecker on left and Downy woodpecker on right
 
Western wood-pewee on left and dusky flycatcher on right
 
Western scrub-jay on left and Steller's jay on right
 
Red-breasted nuthatch on left and white-breasted nuthatch on right
 
Hermit thrush on left and mountain thrush on right
 
Cassin's vireo on left and warbling vireo on right
 
Yellow-rumped warbler on left and MacGillivray's warbler on right
 
Dark-eyed junco on left and white-crowned sparrow on right
 
Cassin's finch on left and purple finch on right
 
 

Did You Know?

Wawona Covered Bridge

Built to connect human developments on both sides of the South Fork Merced River, the Wawona Covered Bridge is one of few covered bridges in the region. Built in 1868 by Yosemite’s first guardian, Galen Clark, the Wawona Covered Bridge boasts state significance within transportation, entertainment, and recreation contexts.