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Monthly Archive for August, 2013

Vinous-throated Parrotbill

A couple months ago I wrote about the Ashy-throated Parrotbill and mentioned that it was one of three parrotbills that I saw in China.  Here’s the Vinous-throated Parrotbill.  They’re very common in many parts of Asia.   They are so insanely weird looking.  Perhaps it’s in part because you can’t see their nostrils.  Checkout this […]

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Juvenile Sandhill Cranes

In June I mentioned that we saw baby Sandhill Cranes.  In July we stayed overnight in a cabin near the cranes.  I photographed them again, and this time the babies were juveniles.   They must have tripled in size.   I was really nervous for them being on the road, but I really like how […]

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Cockatiel Update

The birds have not tired of eating cardboard.  When I hang out in the room with them, there is the quiet sound of munching.   Stonewall and Trevor take great pleasure in getting behind boxes and stuffed animals and getting all nesty.  They will scrabble around like chickens.  If there’s clothing on the bed Stonewall […]

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Pandas

We saw the cutest pandas at the Chengdu Panda Base.   Pandas primarily eat bamboo.  It’s hard to find them in the wild because of all the development in China.     These are teenage pandas.   The Huffington Post has an interesting video of a baby panda meeting its mother.  The mother moves the […]

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American Kestrel Eating an Insect

I haven’t talked about kestrels in two years!  You guys have missed out.  I’ve seen a lot of kestrels this summer; they’re frequently in the highest trees. Usually if I see a kestrel eating, it’s eating a mouse.  But this time I saw one eating what I think is a grasshopper.  I think it’s the […]

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White-cheeked Starling

I have another starling from China for you to see.  The first was was the Black-collared Starling.  This is the White-cheeked Starling.     I didn’t find much information on them, but I did find a nice picture of one on a less dreary (smoggy) day.     They have the same shape as our […]

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Orange-crowned Warbler

I think I saw a new warbler in Heber, UT.  Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this is an Orange-crowned Warbler.  I hope my ID is good, because this is the first one I’ve seen in Utah and it’s been so long since I saw a new bird here.     It’s […]

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Look at this power station.     Does this look like a good place to put a nest?  I saw a Western Kingbird flying around, especially near one of the posts.   When I focused on one part, I found a nest.  That doesn’t look secure.  I worry for when the birds get bigger.  On […]

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Slaty Bunting

On our last day in Chengdu we stopped at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center.  All the pandas you see in the U.S. zoos most likely originated from here.  In addition to panda, they had a male Slaty Bunting.  The females have brown heads.     I think he looks more like a junco […]

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