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Monthly Archive for July, 2009

Mormon Temple, Salt Lake City, UT

The Mormons settled in Utah in 1848.  Salt Lake City is home to the headquarters for the Church of Latter-day Saints, which is in Temple Square.  SLC is on a grid system and the center of the grid is Temple Square.  Here’s a picture of the Assembly Hall, the congregation area for the church. During […]

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Utah and Black-Billed Magpies

I’m sorry for the lack of posts, but we went to Utah for five days. Utah is wonderful! Before this week, I thought Utah was just one of those square states where people in the middle live. Other than being Dooce’s state, I knew almost nothing about Utah. Here is cold, grey Oakland, CA. While […]

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Cockatiel Food

This morning the cockatiels got some brown rice. Audrey is not impressed by any food except seed, millet, and sweet things like Honey Nut Cheerios. In this picture, the rice is in the blue container to the right of Audrey. But Audrey only wants the seed. Conner, on the other hand, loves brown rice. He […]

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The Parrot Who Owns Me

A few months ago I read “The Parrot Who Owns Me” by Joanna Burger. The author is a good writer; I looked forward to reading the book each night. She does a good job of blending personal anecdotes with science. The best parts are when she describes her research of parrots in South America. This […]

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I love capturing birds in motion. The most common, scrappy bird becomes a piece of art. Below is a pigeon flying after pieces of bread. This may be my favorite bird picture because his head and the pieces of bread are in focus, while the wings become out-of-focus at the edges. This is a brown […]

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Dark-Eyed Juncos

When I first started putting out cockatiel seed for the outdoor birds to eat, this little bird would join the sparrows.  I could not identify him for the longest time because the vast majority of dark-eyed juncos are grey with white breasts (Slate-colored juncos).  But finally, I realized that he was a dark-eyed junco.  There […]

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Conner’s Antics

Conner has a routine that he will only do for my boyfriend. He’ll make kissy noises for me, but I can’t respond properly so he gets frustrated. He also will not tilt his head upside down for me like he does in this video clip. He was unsure about going up to the cage because […]

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Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets

Driving home from Monterey Bay, we’re stuck in traffic driving 20 miles an hour and I see a great egret standing in a field. This is all I could capture before he took off: I’m guessing that he was thinking something like, “I don’t know who this chick with the camera is, but I’m out […]

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Chickens

We spent the day in San Francisco today, so no new bird pictures. This is a view of the city from the Castro. This rooster was at the San Francisco Zoo. Look at his headdress! He’s the George Clinton of chickens. How does he even see through that? This guy was very goal oriented. He […]

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Popsicle Sticks as Cockatiel Toys

Conner has a new toy! Popsicle sticks in between wooden beads. Although the toy is fairly new, he’s already overcome his fear of it. He walked over to the toy and tried to crack a wooden ball. Here you can see in the distance that Conner watches carefully when anyone messes with things on his […]

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