Who's Who - Side-by-Side Comparisons
House Finches have red on the forehead and malar. They have gray auriculars with heavily streaked flanks.
The Purple Finch has a much more reddish head and the back is reddish with indistinct streaks. It does not have gray auriculars.
An Anna's Hummingbird has a dark red crown and throat. Note the green back and sides. They are here during the winter.
Rufous Hummingbirds have dark red throats with rufous coloring on the head and rest of body. They are not here during the winter.
Downy Woodpeckers have small bills. They are our smallest woodpecker at 6.75 inches. They prefer shrubs and small branches.
Hairy Woodpeckers are 9.25" and have large pointed bills. They prefer large trees.
Cooper's Hawks are 16.5 inches. Their beaks are much larger than Sharp-shinned hawks.
Sharp-shinned Hawks are 11 inches with small beaks. Their legs are thinner.
Barn Swallows have dark blue-black backs with orange undersides and long tails.
Tree Swallows have blue-green backs with white undersides. They nest in boxes.
Song Sparrows have a brown eyeline along with a throat stripe and central breast spot.
Fox Sparrows are uniformly sooty-colored on their backs with large brown spots on the breast.