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Monthly Archive for September, 2010

Cockatiel Toys

Young cockatiels love to chew things.  The toy below had popsicle sticks between each ball.  In one day, Trevor shredded each stick! The crazy thing is, it was in his cage for weeks before he destroyed it.  This teaches the fundamental lesson of giving toys to birds: you have to be patient.  You have to […]

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Hummingbirds

As fall migration continues, we say goodbye to the hummingbirds.  In tribute to the hummingbirds, I can show you a few that I saw this summer.  I believe this is an Anna’s Hummingbird.  Note the bright back. I’m not 100% positive because hummingbirds are so hard!  Unless they’re like the guy below from Golden Gate […]

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Salt Lake City has several prime areas for skiing.  One of them is Big Cottonwood Canyons, which is a gorgeous area in the mountains.  There are several lakes in Big Cottonwood Canyon that you can hike; one is Silver Lake.  It’s very pretty! Unfortunately, everyone else knows how pretty it is.  Salt Lake City has […]

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Secrets

Trevor (who is the middle cockatiel in the picture below) has secrets.  He’s been hiding behind boxes and making scrabbling noises. If he hears you approach he runs out from behind the box and acts as if he was saying, “Nothing to see here, nothing to see.” But birds need their secrets so I’ll let […]

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Why I’m a Vegetarian

I wasn’t always a vegetarian.  In fact, I used to be one of those people that wanted to try exotic things like crocodile and quail.  But I was never completely comfortable with meat that resembled the animal from which it came.  I much preferred a chicken breast to a chicken wing because you could pretend […]

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Yellow Warbler

The first level of taking pictures of birds is to get an identifiable picture of the bird. This is a Yellow Warbler.  The males have red lines on their breast.  The next level of photography is to take a picture where the bird is doing something interesting.  Here, he’s bathing and he looks so happy! […]

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Laptop

Conner loves laptops. He likes the reflection in the screen. Unfortunately, he also likes to pry the keys and try to separate the plastic outside from the rest of the chassis. So we’ve given him my old laptop to chew.  It’s a PC and he knows it’s not as awesome as a Mac, but it’s […]

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Snail

I really miss the Banana Slugs in California.  So I was very excited to discover that Salt Lake City has snails! Yes, I know that they’re eating my garden.  But they’re so cute!  They love to hang out on the composter, especially after I’ve watered the garden and the water is dripping off the plastic. […]

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There is a group of small shorebirds that can be very difficult to identify.  Members of this group include plovers, sanderlings and sandpipers.  Some of the plovers are easy to identify, such as my favorite: the Kildeer. But many of the others are in a spectrum of grey to brown and don’t have something as […]

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Black-Necked Stilts

Black-Necked Stilts arrive in Utah during spring migration and leave during the fall.  If any stay, I haven’t been able to find them.  I’ll always remember how excited I was the first time I took out the 150-300mm lens that Jon bought me.  The first bird that I really observed with the lens was the […]

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