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...

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Juvenile Lincoln's Sparrow or Chipping Sparrow??

High, frequent call note. Looked like it just had a bath in the brushy creek by the willows which is next to a pasture on our place. Was not shy. There were two of them hanging out together, sort of.

Unanimous opinion of Those Who Know is Savannah Sparrow. Why I didn't think of that is a mystery.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Odd Gull

Wondering if these very poor photos can make this strange white gull identifiable to people who know gulls. It was at Road's End on May 17, all by itself.

Jeff Gilligan very quickly identified it as a pale, immature Glaucous-winged Gull. Thanks, Jeff.

I think this gull should learn to sit on light-colored rocks instead of black ones before it becomes dinner for an eagle. I've watched eagles dining on gulls here.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Zooniverse Birds Around the World

Another Zooniverse project (besides Numbat Discovery in Western Australia) is to detect animals ingesting oil from oil spills in the Peruvian Amazon. I started this project but either my computer or my eyes don't have good enough resolution to see what I had to see. Before I quit, I found one bird I could "collect" and identify.

Speckled Chachalaca...

Another Zooniverse project I am working on is in Kenya. I have found quite a few "collectable" birds. I think it this one is an Egyptian Goose.

Vulturine Guinea Fowl
Yellow-necked Spurfowl
Yellow-necked Spurfowl

More Kenyan birds... would love help identifying them...

My guess is Laughing Dove


Egyptian Goose

Blacksmith Lapwing (one of the moderators id'ed this one)

House Crow ?
Superb Starling ?

White-bellied Bustards (another moderator-id)

Helmeted Guinea Fowl and Egyptian Goose (id'ed for me)
And then there's the oxpecker, who spends its time picking ticks off large animals. I think this is the red-billed oxpecker, who spend nights sleeping in giraffe's groins, apparently because giraffes don't lie down and squish them.

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.

Another day I found what looks to be the same bird, a little more out in the open but in the same location. Fred guesses Short-billed.

Many days and identifications later, this lovely bird appeared. I searched the internet and found that it is a common dove in Australia: Common Bronzewing.

Brush Bronzewing
Another Brush Bronzewing
Grey Shrike-thrush

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...