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Monthly Archive for April, 2009

Spring

Spring has been coming for awhile here in Northern California. Audrey had his molt about a month ago. Conner is molting now. It looks like someone tried to kill him; there are feathers everywhere. Many of my friends have reported crazy hormonal behavior in their birds. Lots of screaming, biting, and territorial behavior. Conner and […]

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Banana Slugs

I love banana slugs. I had never seen a banana slug until I came to California and the first time I saw one, I thought someone had discarded a pepper. Now I’m obsessed. They are bright yellow. You can see here that they move around on a single muscular foot. They are the second largest […]

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Brewer’s blackbirds

I love blackbirds. These are brewer’s blackbirds. The male is on the left. Like most bird species, the female is not nearly as pretty. . Many people dislike blackbirds because they’re extremely common. I’ve never agreed with that reasoning. The only common bird that I ever disliked was the pigeon. Pigeons are too slow and […]

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Weekend Attention

This weekend the birds got some extra attention. Audrey demanded scratches. He’s molting right now, so he has a large amount of pin feathers. You can see Conner in the background, wondering why he cannot share in the love. Conner isn’t allowed to get scratches because we don’t want him to be as shameless as […]

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Cockatiel Cages

Pet birds should always be given the opportunity to have toys. With some birds, like parrotlets, this is absolutely necessary. Other birds, like African grays, love toys but are frequently scared of them. It’s not uncommon for an African gray to be terrified of a toy for six months. Audrey doesn’t like the kinds of […]

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Stellar Jay in Butano State Park

I moved to California from New England in 2007 and I’ve been fascinated with the variety of birds ever since. Instead of blue jays, I now look at stellar jays and scrub jays. This is a stellar jay. They’re very playful and curious. This guy followed me around the park. When I didn’t move, he […]

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Introduction

I intend for this blog to be about birds. I have two cockatiels: Audrey and Conner. I’m also developing birding as a hobby, so I will post pictures and discuss birds in Northern California. Although this blog is for the birds, heh, I’m always disappointed when bloggers neglect to reveal a little about themselves first. […]

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