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Monthly Archive for November, 2011

Barred Owl

Last week Jon and I travelled to South Carolina and Georgia to visit relatives.  I saw a ton of birds, including at least three new species.  I visited several parks and learned that the park system on the east coast is amazing.  They have defined walkways with all sorts of bridges and trail markers, public […]

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Rocky Mountain Lake Park

On our last day in Denver, we visited Rocky Mountain Lake Park.  It’s more like a pond and had very few birds, but was quite beautiful.  It’s one of those places that help establish Denver as an active place where people can jog and ride bicycles. They had a squirrel with a messed up tail. […]

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Northern Pintail

Usually when I go to Farmington Bay I can see a ton of birds that are very far away.  But if you go in the afternoon, the birds are much closer.  Check out all the birds! All those dots in the picture above are birds.  The picture below gives you a better perspective of the […]

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Great-horned Owl

Back in May, several of the tours of Antelope Island included a look at Great-horned Owl babies.  They’re extra adorable with all that fuzz. Mom was watching from nearby. It was a great opportunity to see her legs.  First off, she’s wearing a lovely set of pants.  Second, check out those serious claws.  She could […]

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Audrey Memorial

We had Audrey cremated last Friday.  Major Street Cremations in Salt Lake does pet cremations.  They were wonderful about everything: respectful and extremely accomodating.  We chose a wooden container because it resembles Audrey’s beloved orange juice containers. It has a section for a picture so I choose a picture of Audrey on his giraffe, looking […]

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American Avocets

We had a large span of time this year where the avocets graced our presence.  I first saw them on April 30th, but they could have come much earlier because I spent the previous weeks away from large water bodies.  This picture nicely illustrates why they’re called the blue-legged bird. American Avocets breed in Utah […]

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California Quails

It’s time for the annual checking on the quails for babies.  I made it over to Red Butte Garden in August.  Here’s the dad:   Here’s the mom: Are you ready to coo?  Here are the babies! Their feet are really big compared to the rest of their body. There were five babies.  The dad […]

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Lark Sparrow

Thank you for all the comments.  Audrey was greatly loved.  Conner is having a hard time dealing with the loss but he’s slowly getting better.  Trevor knows that we’re all sad and is trying to comfort Conner.  But I don’t want to go into details now.  I want to talk about something happier.  Onto Lake […]

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Audrey Rufus Bird: 1988-2011

I’m sorry to have to say that Audrey died this morning.  We woke up at 6:30 am when he fell off his perch.  When I picked him up, he was already gone. He’s been part of my life since I was eight years old and I don’t know how to live without him.  I feel […]

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Cockatiel Fright

A couple of weeks ago, I was transporting the cockatiels from the shower to their cage when Conner freaked out.  He didn’t just startle; he lost his mind for about 20 minutes.  I tried to calm Conner down by giving him familiar things that he would like: whistling the Star Wars theme, bottles, boxes, even […]

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