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Monthly Archive for December, 2011

White-faced Ibis

Farmington Bay has a lot of White-faced Ibises. When you come too close to them, they fly away honking.  It sounds like hrongk, hrongk. On Christmas, my father, step-mother and aunt were visiting.  We were going to visit to Antelope Island but they were closed so we went to Farmington Bay.  And found White-Faced Ibis! […]

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Conner

Conner is doing a lot better.  We can leave the room and he doesn’t go crazy. We do spend a lot more time with him at night, though, which helps.  They’re really happy when we’re in the room.  It means that the flock is complete and the birds can relax. Both birds are becoming more […]

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Christmas

Christmas is very hard for me this year.  My grandfather died in October 2010, my grandmother died three months later and Audrey died last month.  I have a very small family so it feel like everyone I love is leaving.  To compensate, I’ve been throwing myself into hosting Christmas and trying to make everything nice […]

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Carolina Wren

South Carolina has a great birding location at Lake Conestee, which is about 10 miles away from the airport.  A series of streams lead into the lake so it’s fantastic for birding because there is water everywhere. It’s absolutely amazing how nicely the parks are maintained on the east coast.  California had no maintenance of […]

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White Pelicans

Sometimes I’ll be watching a television show that takes place in San Francisco and I remember the day we went to the Presidio and watched the pelicans dive.  We don’t have Brown Pelicans here, but the White Pelicans are nice to watch. The gray heads that you see above are part of an eclipse plumage, […]

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Rice Beard

In an attempt to make us healthier meals, Jon bought a rice cooker.  It’s a wonderful object for making rice and other grains, even oatmeal!  But most relevant to the birds, Jon made the birds a special mix of rice, lentils, quinoa and peas.  The birds loved it! I call it the rice beard.

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Painted Redstart

During our trip to Arizona, our guide Matt Brown took us into the mountains near Fort Huachuca.  The trip up was nerve wracking because the turns were tight and the elevation was very high.  The view from the top was pretty spectacular. Up in the mountains is the American Redstart.  They require an elevation between […]

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Pine Siskins

I’ve seen a lot of Pine Siskins over the past year.  They travel in flocks so I don’t see them often, but when I do see them it’s in a flurry of activity.  This picture was taken at my feeder. You can tell that they’re siskins and not female House Finches, by the yellow wing […]

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Mockingbird

Mockingbirds are so funny.  There is a mockingbird that owns a tree in my father-in-law’s yard.  He was in the exact same spot last year. Mockingbirds are extremely possessive of their territory. I watched two mockingbirds fight with each other. They were growling at each other. They were completely engaged in fighting until the real […]

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Ninety Six National Historic Site

The best place for birding in South Carolina as far as I’m concerned is at Ninety Six National Historic Site.  The area is beautiful. The site commemorates the town’s participation in the Revolutionary War.  It includes a log cabin, a cannon and trenches that the Patriots used to get water without getting shot. The field […]

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