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Posted by: atowhee | February 4, 2019

FLYING KITES IN YAMHILL AND A VAGRANT SAPSUCKER

Paul Sullivan and I went to Linda Fink’s farm along Agency Creek north of Grand Ronde.  We got decent looks at her first-year Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Paul believes it to be the  confirms this is the first Yamhill County record for the species.  A Sharpie showed up and the sapsucker flew across the field to a second grove containing apple trees.  I got no image of the bird.
Afterwards Paul showed me some of the hotspots for White-tailed Kites.  We saw two pair along upper Willamina Creek in Yamhill, then a loner along Old Wallace Bridge Road in western Polk County:

GALLERY OF BIRDS AT FINK FARM AND NEARBY, PLUS SN

The spoil-sport Sharpie, dark picture from back is good only to show the blunt tail:SS BACKSS LOOKSFink family farm, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Feb 4, 2019. 16 species

California Quail  30
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1     juvenile bird, photographed  by LInda Fink
Northern Flicker  15
Steller’s Jay  20
California Scrub-Jay  2
Common Raven  3
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Varied Thrush  4
American Robin  150
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  40
Golden-crowned Sparrow  60
Spotted Towhee  6

Willamina Creek Valley and Corbett Acres, Yamhill, Oregon, US
13 species plus a hundred elk grazing

Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Great Blue Heron  1
White-tailed Kite  4     2 pairs, each pair hunting together ias is their wont
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  X
Northern Flicker  X
American Kestrel  X
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Common Raven  X
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Red-winged Blackbird  200

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