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...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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 add photos to the list, but of course I don't have photos of all the birds seen here since some were one time wonders and I have not always had a camera on hand when they came through. And even if I did get a picture, it is likely buried somewhere in my computer, or in an album.. or a drawer... if taken during pre-computer days.

But little by little I have gone through my photos and added them to the birds... if I can tell they were taken here. Fortunately, since I don't keep any photo records, I do write in my journal daily saying where we were that day. That has helped a great deal.

I have better photos taken elsewhere of some birds, like the Red-shouldered Hawk. And I have many photos elsewhere of White-tailed Kites, which have not visited our farm for many years now. But maybe they'll come back someday... Photos of some birds I'm sure I photographed I have not been able to locate. I have lots more pictures to take, but this is a start. I will be trying hard to get photos of warblers and flycatchers each spring.

I list the birds as they appear in my pocket check list from long ago (circa 1977). Many names have changed since then, species have split or been combined, but I try to use today's nomenclature. Wilson's Snipe, I have recently learned, is back to being Wilson's Snipe after a sojourn as Common Snipe (including on my 1977 checklist). House sparrow is now at the end of checklists but I have left it where it was in 1977. I added Eurasian Collared-Dove, which was not even heard of in 1977, but is common now. My how times change.

As for format, I've added the years seen if I happened to write that down, unless I see them regularly in which case I write "often". Or if seen occasionally, I write the year that I first saw it. If anyone visited my farm and captured photos of birds here that I did not, I would be grateful if I could use those photos, with credit to the photographer, of course.

I hope and trust someone will let me know if I have misidentified any birds. My photos are not labeled on the computer, in albums, or in drawers. And birds in photos don't sing, which is how I identify many of them. But here they are, as of the end of 2015, 151 species.

Many thanks to Dawn Villaescusa and Owen Schmidt for the photos taken here that they have shared with me.

THE BIRDS OF FINK FAMILY FARM

Common Loon 1983
                                                       

                                                



















Pied-billed Grebe 1991, 2001

Double-crested Cormorant 1997

Brandt's Cormorant 1990

Great Blue Heron "often"






































 
Great Egret 2014













Green Heron "often"

adult














juvenile













American Bittern 1991

Canada Goose "often"





















Cackling Goose (formerly a subspecies of Canada Goose)

Greater White-fronted Goose













Mallard "often"


















Northern Pintail 1990

Green-winged Teal













Blue-winged Teal  1988, 1990

Cinnamon Teal 2001

European Widgeon (now Eurasian Wigeon) 1990

Northern Shoveler 2003, 2008

Wood Duck "often"












Ring-necked Duck 1989, 1990

Lesser Scaup 2000

Bufflehead 1990 first

Ruddy Duck 1996

Hooded Merganser "often"








































Common Merganser 1988 first


























Turkey Vulture "often"
















White-tailed Kite  1987 first, then "often from 1998 to about 2004"

Sharp-shinned Hawk "often"





























Cooper's Hawk "often"








































Red-tailed Hawk "often"




































Red-shouldered Hawk 2011 first














Golden Eagle 2002

Bald Eagle 1985 first














Northern Harrier

Photo by Dawn Villaescusa











Osprey 2007 first

Peregrine Falcon 2008 first

Merlin 2004 first


American Kestrel "often"




































Ruffed Grouse














California Quail "often"
















































Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey









These turkeys are apparently  wild birds with some color abnormality or domestic ancestry, or, less likely, domestic birds gone wild.







Killdeer "often"


















 






Wilson's Snipe















Spotted Sandpiper












Solitary Sandpiper 2008

Greater Yellowlegs



Wilson's Phalarope 1989

Red-necked (Northern) Phalarope 1987

Glaucous-winged Gull 2008

Band-tailed Pigeon "often"





Mourning Dove "often"













Eurasian Collared-Dove




































Barn Owl "often"

























































Screech Owl

Great Horned Owl

Pygmy Owl 2014














Barred Owl 2010

Saw-whet Owl


























Common Nighthawk

Vaux's Swift 1999 first, now often

Anna's Hummingbird 2015 first























 Rufous Hummingbird "often"






























































Belted Kingfisher "often"























Northern Flicker "often"






























Pileated Woodpecker

















Acorn Woodpecker 2014















Red-breasted Sapsucker "often"







































Red-naped Sapsucker 2002

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker "often"










































Western Kingbird 2004

Say's Phoebe 2005

Willow Flycatcher 1999, now often

Hammond's Flycatcher 2012














Pacific Slope Flycatcher "often"

Western Wood Pewee "often"


















Olive-sided Flycatcher












Horned Lark

Violet-green Swallow "often"


















































Tree Swallow "often"







































Rough-winged Swallow

Barn Swallow "often"


















Cliff Swallow















Purple Martin 2010

Gray Jay










Steller's jay "often"























Scrub Jay "often"


















Common Raven "often"

























Common Crow "often"












Black-capped Chickadee "often"






































Chestnut-backed Chickadee "often"













Common Bushtit















Red-breasted Nuthatch "often"


























Brown Creeper

Wrentit 1999 first

Dipper "often"


















House Wren 2010























Pacific (formerly Winter) Wren "often"












Bewick's Wren "often"




Robin "often"














Varied Thrush "often"
















































Hermit Thrush














Swainson's Thrush "often"















Western Bluebird






































Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet






























American Pipit 2004

Cedar Waxwing "often"




















































Northern Shrike 1988

Starling "often"

























Hutton's Vireo

Cassin's Vireo

Warbling Vireo "often"

photo by Dawn Villaescusa











Orange-crowned Warbler "often"


















Yellow-breasted Chat 2004

Wilson's Warbler "often"






























begging fledgling










House Sparrow "often"



















Western Meadowlark 2003 first













Red-winged Blackbird




























Bullock's Oriole 2005



Brewer's Blackbird

























Brown-headed Cowbird

female













male














pair

juvenile













Western Tanager





























Black-headed Grosbeak






























Lazuli Bunting 2009

Evening Grosbeak "often"






























Purple Finch "often"





























House Finch

Pine Siskin







American Goldfinch "often"































Lesser Goldfinch

photo by Dawn Villaescusa











Red Crossbill 2003 first


























 














Spotted Towhee "often"
































Savannah Sparrow














Sage Sparrow 2004 (now called Sagebrush Sparrow)

video capture from Owen Schmidt... Many thanks, Owen!!














another video capture from Owen Schmidt of the Sage Sparrow











Dark-eyed Junco


                      Oregon Junco "often"

                     




                         Slate-colored Junco  2000







Chipping Sparrow






















White-crowned Sparrow "often"

























Golden-crowned Sparrow "often"










White-throated Sparrow 2005 first





































Fox Sparrow "often"



































Lincoln's Sparrow




































Song Sparrow "often"



































Peacock  "common"
   okay, so it's not a wild bird. and only one is common on our place: "Fred". Fred is always here and he's easy to see.