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Monthly Archive for January, 2011

Quail

Do you remember those amazing pictures of the California Quails taking a dust bath?  Well I didn’t post all the pictures.  I’ve been saving them.  I didn’t want you to become overwhelmed with cuteness.  And now, since most of the nation is covered in snow, this seems like a good time to bask in summer […]

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Happy Birthday Trevor

January 29, 2011 is Trevor’s birthday.  My baby cockatiel: Actually, for birds they call it hatchday since we start counting from the day the bird hatches from the egg.  My Trevor, we suspected that you were crazy for awhile because you chased Conner everywhere and tried to land on the cockatiels.  You’ve gotten a bit […]

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Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbirds are supposed to be very common but I haven’t seen them in Utah yet.  I saw them in Orange County and San Francisco and now I’ve seen them in South Carolina.  The mockingbird below owned that tree.  He was there every single day. He has an impressive ability to balance on a stick. […]

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American Tree Sparrow

Sparrows can be really hard to identify.  I’m working on one ID right now that is impossible.  I can’t find a sparrow with the same pattern of gray and brown stripes on his head.  But the American Tree Sparrow is very easy to identify: Just ignore the shell casing next to the birds.  Farmington Bay […]

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Northern Harrier

Now that winter has arrived in Salt Lake City, the Northern Harriers are back.  I always see them flying around.  In my last trip to Farmington Bay I counted 11 different Northern Harriers.  I’m not crazy; I’ve been counting the Northern Harriers because I’m trying to contribute to ebird.  The Northern Harriers are always flying […]

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Blue Jay

I saw so many birds in South Carolina!  I hope you didn’t think that you were done seeing east coast birds.  This is a Blue Jay. Blue Jays are awesome!  They will boss you around in your own yard. The Blue Jay is Audrey’s favorite bird.  Blue Jays go “dee-deet” when they’re calling.  It’s a […]

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Red-Winged Blackbirds

Last weekend I headed out to Farmington Bay for a birding trip.  Things have been so crazy at work and I really needed to take a weekend off.  My previous trip to Farmington Bay was on 12/19/10 and it’s amazing what a difference a few weeks make.  It went from being very wet with plenty […]

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Black Vulture

When Jon and I were in South Carolina, there was a point where we were driving on the highway and I saw a big flock of black birds. At first I thought they were crows because they were big black birds.  But the bodies were too thick to be crows. And thus I came across […]

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New Year’s Eve Celebration

On New Year’s Eve we took Audrey down to the basement to celebrate.  This is Audrey’s flirty pose. Conner and Trevor often tromp around the top of the cage, leaving Audrey feeling insecure.  So we try to give Audrey some time away from the other cockatiels where he can do his own thing. Audrey had […]

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Golden-crowned Kinglet

I have now seen two kinds of kinglets!  I saw the Ruby-crowned Kinglet back in October, but the picture wasn’t good enough to warrant its own post.  You see, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet is named for this red patch on the top of his head that rises when he’s displaying during mating season.  My picture doesn’t […]

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