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Monthly Archive for May, 2011

Western Tanager

I was going to regale you with pictures of orioles that I saw in Arizona, but then yesterday I saw a Western Tanager in Utah!!!  Specifically, I saw him at the Red Butte Gardens. I saw my first Western Tanager almost two years ago in Golden Gate Park.  But I only saw the female who […]

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Great-tailed Grackle

The first time I saw at a grackle was in Arizona.  He flew over my head too quickly for me to get a picture.  The second time was in Farmington.  I wasn’t absolutely sure it was a grackle so I kept looking between the grackle and blackbirds.  The pictures are not good, merely sufficient to […]

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Cockatiels Outtakes

I finished a cross-stitch pattern for Audrey. I framed the picture but it’s hanging at work right now and I haven’t remembered to bring the camera to work. Once I do I can post pictures. It looks pretty great. In the meantime I’ve been taking pictures of Conner in preparation for his cross-stitch pattern. Can […]

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Yellow-headed Blackbird

One of the telltale signs of spring is the return of blackbirds.  Yellow-headed Blackbirds are one of my favorites.  I saw the first one on April 30.  I probably could have seen one earlier, but there was a gap between my Farmington Bay trips. In the month that I didn’t visit Farmington Bay it went […]

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Vermillion Flycatcher

Most flycatchers are very dull looking.  You identify them based on the eye ring or the crest because the feathers are grey or brown.  This is not true for the male Vermillion Flycatcher. enough with the staring I don’t even want to look at you These guys were everywhere we went during the trip to […]

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Long-eared Owl

On the second to last day of the Great Salt Lake Birding Festival, we did a four hour owling trip on Antelope Island.  Many birding activities can be done on your own, but the task of looking for owls greatly benefits from having a guide.  The guides know where the owls nest on the island […]

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American Coots

Coots, coots, everywhere!   This week is the Great Salt Lake Festival.  Friday morning Jon and I got up at 3:45 am to make a 5:30 am birding event at Kaysville Pond.  It was dark when we left the house.  But it was all worth it because I saw my first baby coot! Baby coots […]

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White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatches are supposed to be incredibly common, but I had not seen one before until we went to Arizona.  On our last trip with Bill Fenimore to Deseret Ranch we spent hours in the forest looking for nuthatches. In Arizona we saw them two different times. The vast majority of times the nuthatch looks […]

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Arizona Woodpecker

Arizona has a lot of woodpeckers.  The best woodpecker shots that I got were at Mary Jo’s place in Ash Canyon.  She had feeders set all along her property with sugar water for the hummers, jelly for the orioles, seed for the finches and a special suet recipe for everyone else.  This Arizona Woodpecker lover […]

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Mexican Jays

The United States has many different kinds of jays.  There are the Blue Jays that I grew up with in New England.  There are the Stellar Jays and Scrub Jays that I discovered after moving to California.  Arizona has Mexican Jays.  They look exactly like Scrub Jays without the white eyebrows and white bib.  Here’s […]

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