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Monthly Archive for April, 2012

Spotted Towhee

I went to Red Butte Garden a few weeks ago, hoping to spot a warbler or see gnatcatchers building nests.  No such luck on that front, but I got some fantastic shots of a Spotted Towhee.  I heard the distinctive call and then I saw him.   I heard multiple calls so I walked up […]

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Golden-hooded Tanager

The Golden-hooded Tanager is the superhero of tanagers, which means he should have a better name.     Nanananana – masked bird!  He has a really interesting rufous patch under his chin.     They have such a near pattern.  It’s not just a flash of color like the Vermillion Flycatcher, there are multiple solid […]

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Cockatiel Shower

Things were getting serious.  Every time I kissed Trevor it looked like I was putting face powder on my lips.  I couldn’t bring the cockatiels into the shower because Conner could freak out again, and I wasn’t going to bring Trevor into the shower alone.     I filled the spray bottle with warm water […]

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Riverside Wren

There are a lot of wrens in the world, but I’m pretty sure the Riverside Wren of Costa Rica is the stripiest of wrens.     They’re even stripey on their underparts.     This guy was so hard to photograph.  The wrens were in every bush, making little kissy noises.  But actually getting them […]

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Starling Swarms

There are a lot of starlings around Salt Lake City these days.     I hear them during my bike rides to work.  One was driving me crazy for awhile because he sounded just like a Kildeer and I couldn’t figure out why there would be a Kildeer in such a residential neighborhood.     […]

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Hammond’s Flycatcher

I still have pictures from Arizona to show you!  This is the Hammond’s Flycatcher. The Hammond’s Flycatcher looks similar to Gray and Dusky Flycatchers, but the wings have several layers of white wingbars and the eye rings are very white.  One way to distinguish the Hammond’s Flycatchers from other flycatchers is to examine the breast […]

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Blue-gray Tanager

Blue-gray Tanagers are the most lovely of tanagers and abundant in Costa Rica. These guys went crazy for those red berries.  The tree near the stairs to our cabin were filled with tanagers eating these berries. There was also a grassy areas where they keep the horses. Females are more gray colored.  There are over […]

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Trevor

Trevor is a tempermental bird. Sometimes he’s sweet and cuddly, but more frequently he’s angry and bites.  The only time that he’s consistently sweet is in the morning.  So I usually sneak in a couple minutes of snuggle time before I go to work.  He still makes little baby noises when you snuggle with him […]

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Slaty-tailed Trogon

Back when we went to Arizona, we spend a long time running around Patagonia Lake looking for an Elegant Trogon.  We were two days too late to see the trogon, but I saw one in Costa Rica, just hanging out. This is a female Slaty-tailed Trogon.  The male has the same brilliant red underparts, but […]

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Dark-eyed Junco

One of the birds I saw when I was renting that amazing lens was a Dark-eyed Junco. The detail is amazing.  Even when the blades of grass obscured his face, the camera focused on him. I hope this guy was just drinking water and doesn’t have clumped feathers because of an illness. I love this […]

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