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Monthly Archive for May, 2013

Bon Jovi

Have you ever noticed how Yellow-headed Blackbirds resemble Bon Jovi?         What do you think?  

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Yellow-headed Blackbird

I finally took a day off from work for Memorial Day. Usually I still work on holidays.  And since I turned my homework in yesterday, I used today to bird.       I love Yellow-headed Blackbirds.  They show up every spring and start singing in the grass.   I found a video on YouTube […]

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White-rumped Munia

On the first walk with Sid in China, there was a plant with long stalks positioned over a river.  It had a bunch of little birds on it.  They’re called White-rumped Munias.       They’re very attractive little birds.  Sid surmised that we were seeing several together because people will buy them and release […]

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House Finch

I moved into a new office this week, just a block away from the original building.  The best thing about the move is I went from having an inner office to one with two giant windows.  There are two big trees next to the window and I get to see a House Finch sing his […]

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Speckled Piculet

There was a point where we were birding by the Dujiangyan Irrigation System and there were birds everywhere.  I found this little guy in the midst of it.     He’s only 3-5 inches long!  None of the woodpeckers in the United States are that small.  And he’s so frantic.  He was doing this movement […]

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Trevor Owns the Nestbox

Trevor is the most dedicated of the cockatiels to maintaining the nestbox.  He’s been chewing away at the opening.     Trevor likes to chew the nestbox as he pushes it.  The nextbox eventually falls off the cage and he’s surprised.  So you can see in the picture above that there’s a white string to […]

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Collared Finchbill

I got some really nice shots of the Collared Finchbill.  I love his collar, of course, and I also like the black stripe on the bottom of his tail feathers.  It looks like he got into some dirt.       I quickly felt about Collared Finchbills in China the same way I feel about […]

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Stonewall’s Attitude

Stonewall continues to say no a lot.  He’s expanded his no to me and now when he’s on my shoulder and I’m typing, he climbs down to the keyboard and starts screaming at my fingers.  But then he gets a little confused and his screams convert into singing.     Everything seems to be a […]

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Black-chinned Yuhina

I love sculptures.  This one was in a little town halfway up a mountain we hiked.       Another thing they had on the mountain was a Black-chinned Yuhina.  Yet another bird to reset the bar for cuteness.         They’re four inches long.  They’re as small as the smallest chickadee.   […]

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Conner Helps Me Study

I’ve been taking online classes in computer science.  This requires me to read a textbook, watch videos, and write code every evening and all weekend long.  By the end of this, I’ll have a Computer Science degree and will hopefully feel more secure.  It’s more fun than I expected; I really like writing programs.  It’s […]

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