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 2016, 151 species.

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


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"



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

adult 2017

sub-adult 2017

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 first 1999

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"

juvenile Cedar Waxwing

Northern Shrike 1988

Starling "often"

Hutton's Vireo

Cassin's Vireo

Warbling Vireo "often"

photo by Dawn Villaescusa

Orange-crowned Warbler "often"

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Townsend's Warbler

Hermit Warbler

MacGillivray's Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

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





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.

1 comment:

  1. Great idea, love the pictorial history. The wild turkey photo is so cool! Love the owlets too, and many others.