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Monthly Archive for December, 2012

Horned Lark

I’ve posted pictures of the Horned Larks from the summer.  But they’re even prettier in the winter because of all the snow.     This was taken on Antelope Island.  We had a lot of snow this past week and it’s made the island look like another planet.       The Horned Larks don’t […]

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Blue Dacnis

Some of the best pictures that I got in Costa Rica were of the male and female Blue Dacnis.  Here’s the male.     It took me awhile to identify him because he has more of a mask than the bird in the field guide.  Also, he has more green and the field guide shows […]

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  It’s been awhile since I reviewed a book about birds and I’m often very critical about the books so believe me when I tell you that this book is excellent.  Scott Weidensaul is a career birder.  He writes, he lectures and he birds whenever he can.   As the title explains, the book is […]

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Red-capped Manakin

I’ve talked before about the Blue-crowned Manakin that I saw in Costa Rica.  Possibly even more impressive is the Red-capped Manakin.     Manakins are teeny tiny birds.  They’re only four inches long.  I don’t have any pictures of the female, but she’s very drab looking so it’s no big loss.     He has […]

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Downy Woodpecker

In Illinois I saw a very interesting Downy Woodpecker.  Normally Downy Woodpeckers have a white breast, but this guy was brown.         I couldn’t find any websites that mention a Downy Woodpecker with a brown chest.  I found a lot of discussion of Hairy Woodpeckers having a brown chest.  For Hairy Woodpeckers, […]

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Christmas

We have many trees this year!  We have a giant fake tree for the humans.     And a small real tree for the cockatiels.     Tiffany made a stocking for Stonewall so now the cockatiels have a complete set.  He christened it with preening.    

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Hermit Thrush

The Hermit Thrush is a smart species because it winters in Costa Rica.  It is unlike those crazy Great-blue Herons that I see here in Utah in the winter trying to get food through the one weak spot in the ice.     It was so weird to see this relatively common bird in Costa […]

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Woodcreeper

I still haven’t shown you all the pictures from Costa Rica.  Costa Rica is filled with different types of woodcreepers.  This is a Long-tailed Woodcreeper.  I narrowed the identification down based on what looks like an extended white eyebrow and the beak shape.     This might also be a Long-tailed Woodcreeper, but I’m less […]

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Dark-eyed Junco

The Dark-eyed Junco has two different subspecies.  Utah has the “Oregon” Junco sub-species, which I posted about recently.  Illinois has the “Slate-colored” Junco variety.     The difference is so huge, I don’t understand why they aren’t different species.  The “Oregon” Junco has a black head and a brown back.  These juncos are very gray. […]

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White-breasted Nuthatch

Do you remember when I used to complain about how hard it was to see nuthatches?  Well, hahaha, at my grandmother’s house you can see both the White-breasted and the Red-breasted Nuthatches that come to her feeders.     So pretty!  I really like his long middle toe.  He should totally give people the bird. […]

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