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Monthly Archive for March, 2010

Great-Blue Herons

I’m back to talking about cold cold Utah today.  I’m really excited about Spring coming…hello, Spring?  Are you there?  For now, we get one day in the 50s and then the next day it snows.  I did see crocuses last week, though, so we’re getting closer.

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Backbay in Newport, CA

Last week I had to make a business trip to Orange County, CA so, naturally, I planned a birding trip!  This was my first real trip to Southern California and I had a great time.  Newport clearly has money because the Back Bay wildlife preserve had well-defined trails and even a bathroom…with running water!

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The Importance of Cleaning Gutters

If you weren’t already convinced of the importance of cleaning your gutters, I have some news.  If you let leaves build up, they will plug the gutters, water will stay in the gutters, AND BIRDS WILL BATHE IN YOUR GUTTERS

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Killdeer

Last week I bought a new camera base that is better adapted to catching birds in flight.  So now Jon is using my old base.

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Chickens in Salt Lake City

Have you heard about the controversy surrounding residential chicken ownership?  There is a fantastic NY Times article about the problem.  It’s allowed in Salt Lake City, though.  We discovered urban chickens during a walk.

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Woodpeckers

Last weekend we visited Miller Bird Refuge in Salt Lake City.  It’s a very small little refuge, but I did see some bird activity.  First, though, I would like to report that even though it is currently snowing, some plants are appearing.  I have no idea what this is, but it’s pretty.

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Spring and the Giraffe

It may not be warm and there may not be any signs of spring, but Audrey knows it’s coming.  He’s been spending a lot more time on the giraffe. Most cockatiels are no longer interested in sex after age 10 or so, but Audrey is just as virile as ever.  I’m glad because it’s good […]

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Western Meadowlark

Both Utah and California have Western Meadowlarks.  They’re quite common birds, but it took awhile before I even saw them.  I guess they blend well.  This picture is from last July in Utah.  The poor bird is very hot. They frequently have their backs turned, which makes them harder to identify.  From the front, it’s […]

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Cockatiel Boxes

So, you know how Conner likes to chew boxes? The other day he was playing with the box while I was downstairs.  I heard Audrey yelling, which usually means that Conner is getting in trouble.  I walked towards the upstairs when I heard Conner yelling.  His voice was muffled!  As soon as I heard the […]

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Mourning Doves

We have Mourning Doves in the neighborhood and I’m so glad. They make lovely cooing noises in the morning. Even when they’re cold, they look absolutely adorable. yet so completely pitiful.  I’m not sure that any more of his head could be stuffed into that puffy breast. We had doves in California that enjoyed the […]

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