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...

Monday, August 19, 2013

More Birds from Japan

Here are the rest of the photos my Japanese birder contact, Isao Saitou, took and sent to me. The first bird, Long-eared Owl, is the only one also present in Oregon. However, the Orange-flanked Bush-robin has been popping up all over the world lately, including western Alaska.   Who knows where it will appear next?

Asio otus, Long-eared Owl

Asio otus, Long-eared Owl

Aegithalos caudatus, Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Buteo buteo, Common Buzzard

Haliacetus pelagicus, Steller's Sea Eagle

Cyanoptila cyanomelana, Blue-and-white Flycatcher

Cettia diphone, Japanese Bush Warbler

Erithacus akahige, Japanese Robin or Komadori

Tarsiger cyanurus, Orange-flanked Bush-robin

Pyrrhula pyrrhula, Eurasian Bullfinch

Ruddy Kingfisher, Halcyon coromanda

Crested Serpent Eagle, Spilornis cheela

Haliaeetus albicilla, White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Japanese Crested Ibis

No, I haven't been to Japan. Rather, my Japanese sister, Yoko, along with her daughter Maki and family, visited us last week. Yoko has a friend in Japan, Isao Saitou, who is an ardent birder. He sent along a little thingie to plug into the computer (I have no clue what those thingies are called) with photos he has taken of Japanese birds and asked that I put photos of Great Egrets on it for him. Fortunately, Steve and family were here at the same time and Steve did the honors for me. I uploaded all the decent bird photos I've taken that I could find. But I had nothing to compare to his Toki, or Japanese Crested Ibis.

Here is what Wikipedia says about this extremely rare bird:

At one time, the Crested Ibis was widespread in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, and Russia. It has now disappeared from most of its former range. The last wild Crested Ibis in Japan died in October 2003, with the remaining wild population found only in Shaanxi province of China until reintroduction of captive bred birds back into Japan in 2008. They were previously thought to be extinct in China too, until 1981 when only seven ibises were seen in Shaanxi, China.

On September 25, 2008, the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Preservation Center released 10 of the birds as part of its Crested Ibis restoration program, which aims to introduce 60 ibises into the wild by 2015. This marks the first time the rare bird has returned to the Japanese wild since 1981.[3]

On April 23, 2012, it was confirmed that three crested ibis chicks had hatched on Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture, the first time chicks had hatched in the wild in Japan in 36 years.[4] One of the chicks briefly left its nest on 25 May.[5]

These photos were all taken in Niigata Prefecture by Isao Saitou. Many thanks to him for these amazing photos of an extremely rare bird.