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Top 10 Birds from my porch top in Lake Tahoe

With the notion of “The quieter you become, the more you will hear” a lovely one-liner by the late Ram Das. In my case I took this line to heart, and one of the things that arose were the birds. The birds were always here, the only difference is I decided to embrace them, and now they are an integral part of our lives.

My list of “Top 10 Birds from my porch top in Lake Tahoe”  is comprised from most frequent daily visitor to the more rare flying visitor. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some Lake Tahoe birds.

#10 Pygmy Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch Lake Tahoe birds bathing

Pygmy Nuthatch playing and bathing by Crystal Ricotta.

Pygmy Nuthatch Lake Tahoe Birds

A Pygmy Nuthatch stops by for a drink of water during a very smokey day in the mountains by Crystal Ricotta.

9 Mountain Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee in Lake Tahoe

The Mountain Chickadee is usually the first bird to show up in the morning. Photo by Crystal Ricotta.

Mountain Chickadee bird in Lake Tahoe by Crystal Ricotta

The Mountain Chickadee is a happy, curious, little bird. They seem to really enjoy the fresh water at our high elevation.

8 Stellars Jay

Stellars Jay Lake Tahoe bird photography by Crystal

 At an elevation of around 7,800 feet, this Stellar’s Jay bird pauses for a moment to take in the surroundings and make it’s next hoppy maneuver.

7 White-headed Woodpecker

white headed woodpecker lake tahoe birds

6 White-breasted Nuthatch

white-breasted nuthatch by Crystal Ricotta

5 Waterthrush


3 Grosbeak

2 Northern Flicker

1 Clarks Nutcracker