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Monthly Archive for August, 2009

Double-Crested Cormorant

Today I was experimenting with a new lens.  The lens lets me capture images that are quite far away so I can go from this: To this! The double-crested cormorant is quite common where I live, which I now know thanks to my new lens.  I’ve seen brandt’s cormorants and pelagic cormorants in Monterey, CA, […]

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Great Blue Heron

Pescadero is lovely!  I visited for the third week in a row.  This time we headed straight for the marshes. The marshes are quite beautiful and you can find all sorts of birds there.  Today we saw a song sparrow, an egret, a turkey vulture, several red-tailed hawks, common mergansers, seagulls, swallows, and a great […]

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Twitter – Feral Pigeon

Do you use Twitter? I’ve been trying to keep up on social media technology.  ahem. Did you know that feral pigeons have their own page? The status updates include “coo coo coo” and “looking shifty.” http://twitter.com/feral_pigeon I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.

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Preventing a Cockatiel from Screaming

I like to treat the search terms that bring people here as questions.  If you ever have a question, you can also ask it in the comments and I’ll do a post.  Some of the more frequent search terms involve screaming cockatiels. Look at this face, all innocent.  You wouldn’t guess that he used to […]

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Heermann’s Gull

Birds, like people, frequently wear different clothing in different seasons.  Below are three Heermann’s Gulls in their adult breeding plumage.  The photo was taken July 3, 2009.  Note the white heads. I’ve spent much of the day trying to distinguish between different types of gulls (Shush!  We all have our hobbies).  CA Gulls have black […]

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Western Sandpiper

Pescadero, CA is my new favorite place.  They have a beach, marshes, and Butano State Park.  Today was an exceptionally good day for birding.  I saw several new types of birds and several well-known birds that are experiencing a molt in anticipation of their winter plumage. The most exciting discovery of today was seeing Western […]

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Cranky Older Cockatiels

Cockatiels get cranky as they get older.  Audrey is no exception.  He’s very territorial, he only accepts affection when he’s in the mood, and he dictates our schedule by screaming when he wants the lights off or out of his cage. For the last several months, he’ll get so angry that when he’s sitting on […]

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Red-Tailed Hawk

This was an excellent birding weekend. Thanks to my wonderfully patient boyfriend, Jon, I went birding twice! Once in Tiburon, CA and once in Half Moon Bay, CA. The pictures below are from Half Moon Bay. August is the month when the raptors return. It’s amazing; one day they’re nowhere to be seen, and the […]

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Sandhill Cranes

In Utah, we took one day to explore a series of rivers southwest of Salt Lake City. Jordanelle State Park is located near the Jordanelle dam. It’s a very popular spot for fishing. As we were leaving the area, we spotted some movement in the grasses and stopped the car. I saw my first sandhill […]

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Nest Box

Okay, Conner hasn’t taken a wet enough shower yet to warrant pictures.  I haven’t forgotten; I promise.  In lieu of wet Conner, I have Conner in a box!  Now that Conner has chewed down a side of his box, he can hang out in the box without missing any of the action. He’s all about […]

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