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Monthly Archive for May, 2010

Deseret Ranch and Yellow Warblers

The last day of the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, Jon and I went on a 6am to 6pm birding trip of Deseret Ranch.  This ranch is enormous.  We took a bus that drove 200 miles on the ranch.  It was amazing, I saw antelope, a moose, jackrabbits and a badger.  For lunch we stopped […]

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Mourning Doves are very common in my neighborhood.  I love their sad song and the little noises that they make when they fly.  They’ve really gotten used to me.  This guy is quite at home sitting inside a feeder meant for sparrows.

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Garden

Now that I have my first house, it’s time to start gardening.  I know almost nothing about gardening, but I really like vegetables.  I can’t wait to harvest tomatoes and zucchini from the garden.  This is where the garden is going to go:

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Marsh Wrens

This is the beginning of breeding season for Marsh Wrens.  The males are search through the cattails and tules to find the perfect sport for a nest.  They establish their territories by singing songs to alert the other males.  During this time, if you can actually find the wrens in the reeds, they will usually […]

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Last weekend Jon and I attended the Great Salt Lake Birding Festival.  We’re still recovering.  There were so many activities and so many birds.  I even got to meet Birdchick, who is very nice and had excellent stories.  Jon and I attended a tour of the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, a behind the scenes […]

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When we were looking for baby birds, I selected one breeder because she bred white-faced cockatiels.  We visited the breeder’s home and the baby was not cuddly and was a little small but he was beautiful!  I became concerned, though, after looking at the condition of all the cages.  They were filthy.  The breeder had […]

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Western Kingbird

Back to pictures of southern Utah.  Can you imagine living in wide open spaces that are surrounded by mountains?  I colleague of mine said that when he moved from Salt Lake City to southern California, he felt trapped by all the buildings.  The picture below was taken from a parking lot right off the highway.

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Trevor is a Baby

Trevor is slowly maturing into an adult cockatiel, but at night he still regresses a little.  Do you know how children will cry so hard that they develop the hiccups?  Trevor has the hiccups at night.  It’s not quite a begging noise, but it’s a noise that only a baby would make. . A couple […]

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Robins

Salt Lake City has a lot of American Robins.  Sitting here typing this with Trevor on my shoulder, I can see the robins flitting around in our backyard.  Trevor is slightly alarmed.

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St. George, Utah

Last weekend Jon and I went to Las Vegas, NV to see Conan O’Brien perform at the Palms.  Since Las Vegas is six and a half hours from Salt Lake City, we stayed in St. George, which is only four hours away.

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