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Monthly Archive for November, 2012

Female Northern Cardinal

Jon and I spent Thanksgiving with my grandmother in the suburbs of Chicago.  She has several feeders where the birds come and they’re pretty used to people so I got some fantastic shots.  It was better than all my birding in California the last couple of months.  My favorite was the female cardinal.     […]

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Male Yellow-rumped Warblers

A few months ago I wrote about female Yellow-rumped Warblers and one with a baby.  Now I can show you the non-breeding plumage of a male Yellow-rumped Warbler.     He’s a lot more drab in this version versus his breeding plumage, but he still keeps the yellow butt.     In Pescadero, California they […]

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I must be in a song

When I first started running I would get this strange feeling like my heart was skipping some beats.  Google searches revealed other adjectives like fluttery and irregular.  It turns out I needed more electrolytes and as soon as I drank water with electrolytes the problem went away.   Well, lately I’ve had the fluttery feeling […]

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Stonewall’s Plumage

My baby Stonewall is growing up.  His adult plumage is coming in and he’s getting more yellow on his face.  Here are pictures from his first week home.     Here’s his face today.  There is so much yellow coming in right above his nose.   I think it’s especially noticeable in the back.  Old […]

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Western Snowy Plovers

On my last trip to Pescadero, I saw Snowy Plovers.  They look like a lot of other plovers in their non-breeding plumage, but no less adorable.     There were two of them on the beach and they were extremely suspicious of me.     Their numbers are diminishing because they breed along the coastal […]

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Coyote

To reach Antelope Island, you have to drive down a causeway that is seven miles long.  You can get the most beautiful views from there.  We don’t usually get these puffy clouds so I took too many pictures.     Another gorgeous thing you can see on the island is a coyote.  He stopped in […]

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Bonaparte’s Gull

I went to Antelope Island last weekend hoping to see any new birds.  Unfortunately the frost of a couple weeks ago appears to have caused any stragglers to leave.  But that’s okay because thanks to a tip from one of my friends, I saw hundreds of Bonaparte’s Gulls beneath the bridge on the causeway to […]

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Overlord Results

The votes are in and Conner is the winner! We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of white birds and gray birds.     Now, you’re thinking, but he wasn’t even running!  Well, he was a write-in candidate.  You see, Stonewall was so confident that […]

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Audrey

Audrey died one year ago today.  I miss him so much.  I don’t want to forget how excited he would get when you showed him a bottle and how he made a little whiny noise when you scratched his head.  He would yell at you to turn the lights out after 10:00pm and the only […]

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Anxiety and Running

I’ve always been an anxious person.  As a child I read that Mozart died prematurely because his father kept him up too late at piano recitals.  Of course I know this sounds crazy, but as a child this caused me to have chronic insomnia.  If Mozart could die young, so could I! In college I […]

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