Fink Family Farm Bird List

Fink Family Farm Bird List

The only list I faithfully keep is a list of all the birds seen on our farm since we moved here in 1977. I thought it would be fun to ad...

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Birds of Western Australia

These are all video captures from a Zooniverse project I'm helping with: Numbat Discovery. I find very few of the rare Numbats, a colorful anteater, in these videos but quite a few birds.

With luck, some more exotic Western Australia birds will turn up. I will add them as they appear.

Thanks to Fred Ramsay for this identification:

"The bird with the white back - is an  Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen).
This dorsalis subspecies of the Australian Magpie has plumage intermediate between the White-backed subspecies and the Black-backed subspecies. When the Magpies are nesting, the male becomes very aggressive, attacking any passerby. So people on bicycles or walking nearby wear motorcycle helmets to protect themselves. If this were to happen here, the birds would probably be eliminated. But in WA policemen are stationed nearby to warn people about the birds’ attacks.

Fred also identified the birds below as "Grey Currawongs (Strepera versicolor). This is the intermedia subspecies that ranges from SA through southern WA. There are two other subspecies of the Grey, and there are also
two other Currawong species - the Pied Currawong of the east coast and the Black Currawong of Tasmania.

And Fred says, for the bird below, walking through the brush...

There are two white=tailed black cockatoos in WA. They are nearly identical except for habitat and bill.

Carnaby’s (Short-billed) Black-Cockatoo      (Zanda latirostris)
Baudin’s (Long-billed) Black-Cockatoo (Zanda baudinii)

Baudin’s is a creature of the Yarri forests; Carnaby’s is more widespread in range but is Endangered
because of habitat destruction.  My guess:  Baudin’s based on habitat … but the bill looks short.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Really Blurry Redpolls?? Or???

Today, Feb. 21, I walked through our woods in the sunshine. I heard a flock of very chatty little birds very high in the alders above me. I finally saw them and took very bad, very distant photos. The birds were preening at the time I took the photos. And talking nonstop. At first I had thought they were Pine Siskins since the Siskins have been at my sunflower feeders en masse. But there were no upward ssss as I am used to with flock of Siskins. Just non-stop rapid high single notes. I managed to get my binocs on one and thought I saw a red cap, definitely saw a white front bordered with stripes, so Redpoll jumped into my head although I have never seen Redpolls on our southwest Yamhill County farm. Please help! (First and last photos are the same shot with last one lightened.)

Barb Millikan ran them through photoshop...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Red-shouldered Hawks on the Farm

In spite of all my excitement at having Red-shouldered Hawks hanging out here this summer and fall, I never wrote a blog about it... and now they are gone. I'm hoping they come back and I can add to this story.

The first RSHA seen here was a first year bird back in 2011. It was here briefly one day and then gone. I took a very poor long distance photo.

RSHAs began appearing in the Grand Ronde area near our farm several years ago, off and on. 

But not until 2017 did they make an appearance here. I wrote this on Sept. 17 to Jeff Fleischer, the wintering raptor project coordinator:

"I have heard one screaming off and on for several weeks but never could see it until yesterday, when it had a screaming match with another Red-shoulder, all out of my sight in the woods. Finally it fly into the top of a tree very briefly then flew at something. Eventually the something turned into two Red-shoulders being chased by the evidently resident Red-shoulder. The resident landed inside the top of our big poplar. The other two flew right over my head toward Agency Creek. (I was in our South, unpastured field trying to see what was going on). After awhile, the alleged resident came out of the foliage and also flew to Agency but went downstream where the pair had gone upstream. Naturally I was clicking photos like crazy but all are blurry and not very recognizable.

Today, however, was a different story! I was brushing out one of our trails by Agency when a Red-shoulder started screaming from somewhere. I walked out into the field (same field the action had taken place near the day before) and an adult Red-shoulder was sitting near the top of a tree where a Red-tail often sits by our swamp, far SE border of our property. I took photos, then walked slowly through the field, stopping to take photos periodically. When I had gone not very far, a hawk took off from a tree behind me. It must have been right over me when I was at the edge of the woods! It flew into the swamp and disappeared. Meanwhile the screaming hawk stayed on its tree and kept screaming. I did get a photo I can use in my FFF Bird List blog, not the best but better than any I've had before. "

Then they disappeared for awhile, with a juvenile appearing on Nov. 11 and hanging around for some days after that. That's when I got this photo...

Now I'm waiting and hoping one or more return in 2018.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

White Wing

Today, Nov. 26, 2017, for the first time in months, we saw White Wing, the mostly white Red-tailed Hawk with a lovely red tail that hangs out in the Grand Ronde area, west of Grand Ronde Rd and north of the Salmon River Hwy (Hwy 18). It seems to hunt along the power lines there. It was raining today and my camera turned the raindrops white.

Nov. 26, 2017

I thought I'd try to find past photos of White Wing with dates and see if he (she?) has changed over the years. This will be a work in progress...

The first email I saved about this hawk was in March of 2005 but I did not say when we had first seen it. In April of 2006, Mary Ann Sohlstrom wrote to tell me about the leucistic Red-tail she and friends saw on the wire by the Nazarene Church in Grand Ronde. That has been a favorite spot for that hawk over the years.

On Aug. 8, 2007, I wrote this email:
Today I saw White Wing on a low evergreen pretty close to the
Nazarene Church in Grand Ronde. A bit farther away, on one of
the power line poles, was another Red-tailed Hawk. This was the
one Carol Karlen and Marilyn VanDyk spotted in the same location
yesterday and called to tell me about. It looks like a normal
red-tail from the front, but from the back, it is quite
different. It has a wide, white chevron, white eyebrow, and
white terminal tail band on a red tail. Pretty bird. It's 
an adult so I don't know if this is a White Wing parent,
sibling, or offspring.

I have saved no other emails but we have seen White Wing every year since, so it is at least 13 years old.

May 30, 2012

 October, 2012

November 2013

November 2017
February 2, 2018, White Wing was sitting in a distant tree. My photo is not good. Shortly after, it took off and was joined by a second red-tailed hawk. They soared together. I think White Wing has a mate! With luck we'll see them sitting side by side sometime so we know, by size, if White Wing is a male or female.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Shorebirds at Bob Straub Park Part 3

Are these Sanderlings? Or, at least, some of them?

Yes! says Paul Sullivan. I finally got one right!

These are Sanderlings, with white underparts and the black mark at the bend of the wing.  They lack a hind toe.  Note the scaly back.  Several of them have a remnant of the rusty color on the neck, left over from breeding plumage.

Posted By Linda Fink to Birds at 9/05/2017 10:04:00 PM

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Shorebirds at Bob Straub Park Part 4

Is this one long-billed, bigger bird a Dowitcher? Is there any way to tell if it is Short-billed or Long-billed? I did not hear it vocalize. Who are its buddies?

Paul Sullivan replies:
These are Sanderlings, with white underparts and the black mark at the bend of the wing.  They lack a hind toe. There is one Long-billed Dowitcher.

In the future, I will know to look for the black mark at the bend of the wing. Many thanks to Paul Sullivan!

Shorebirds at Bob Straub Park Part 2

I am confused about these... not even sure they are all the same groups. The scaly backs and dark caps make me think Semipalmated. ?? Wrong again. Paul Sullivan wrote:
I think this large group of birds are Western Sandpipers.  They have dark leg, a white throat and foreneck, and their bills are long, with a slight droop.  However the birds in the background in photos 8-9 are Sanderlings.  They have a black mark at the bend of the wing showing against a white breast and neck, and they are running up the beach away from the waves.

I did realize the birds in the back were Sanderlings but did not state that. I love Paul's reasons. But I could not detect a droop in the bills of the birds in front. Now that I look harder, I can.