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Monthly Archive for February, 2013

Millet

Trevor likes his millet.  He will actually yell at me if he’s eaten all the millet on the top of the cage.  Sometimes I forget he does this and I’m like, what’s his problem?  Oh right, millet.  Now when I hear him chirp it sounds like he’s actually saying “Millet.  Millet.  Millet.  Millet.”  He stares […]

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Ashy-throated Warbler

The Ashy-throated Warbler was one of the first birds that I saw in Chengdu.  I absolutely love this picture because not only is it a great shot of this warbler, he’s in a tree with little white flowers that you can see in the background.  Audubon is famous for being one of the first people […]

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Southern Great Tit

Checkout this bird.  Looks like a chickadee, right?       No!  This is a tit.  Tits, chickadees and titmice are in the same family.  Our chickadees don’t have much variance.  The Mountain Chickadee looks a little wild with the black stripe over his eye, but that’s about it.  Tits on the other hand have […]

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Conner

Conner would like you to know that it’s not okay that Jon and I are always leaving.  After we came back from China, Jon and I had separate trips to California.  And Conner has had enough.       He often won’t let me leave the room.  If I try to go downstairs he flies […]

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Fork-tailed Sunbird

China doesn’t have hummingbirds.  Instead, they have these Fork-tailed Sunbirds that are about the same size as hummingbirds.  They also drink nectar from a tubular tongue like hummingbirds.  But they can’t fly backwards.       This bird was in an area up Mount Emei in Chengdu.  Most of the birds I’ll be talking about were […]

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Trip to China

To reach Shenzhen, we had to fly from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, from Los Angeles to Beijing, and from Beijing to Shenzhen.  The whole trip took 24.5 hours.   The trip from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles was fine.  But in Los Angeles we had an impossible time finding the right terminal. […]

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Stonewall

While we left for China Stonewall turned into an adult.  He’s getting more yellow in his head feathers and his posture is more of an alert adult cockatiel.       I was worried because he started sounding exactly like Conner and Trevor.  He made the same noise that signals he’s checking in with the […]

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Red-whiskered Bulbul

Bulbuls are very common birds in China.  I think I have two different kinds of Bulbuls in my photos, but there might be more.  This is the Red-whiskered Bulbul from Shenzhen.  Apparently, there are established populations in warm locations in the United States like Los Angeles and Florida.  Let’s go there now!       […]

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Black-collared Starling

China has beautiful starlings!  The prettiest one is the Black-collared Starling.       He had the most beautiful song.     I saw them in Shenzhen, but not in Chengdu.  Their range map is pretty wide, though.     He can really stretch his neck out and make it look like he’s wearing a […]

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Red-billed Leiothrix

I have stories about the plane trip to China but this is a bird blog and I bet you’re here to see some birds!  The Red-billed Leiothrix is my favorite of the birds I saw in China.         He looks like he has lipstick on his beak.  He reminds me of this […]

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