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Monthly Archive for September, 2013

Common Kingfisher

We saw a lot of sections of China that were filled with trash.  It was especially sad to see trash piling up on these little land masses in the river.  There’s an egret in the middle of this mess consuming plastic-infested water. People might drink from this river!     I wish I could have […]

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Chukar

We all know how much I love quails.  Jon even designed the landscape of our front lawn to encourage quails to nest.  Along the same lines, I’m a big fan of Chukars, even if they aren’t a native Utah species.     They’re hard to get good pictures of because they’re very skittish.  However, I […]

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Cliff Swallows

I’ve read a lot about Cliff Swallows and seen them from a distance, but Heber was the first place where I saw them nearby.     They were all gathered near the mud to grab it for nests.   Cliff Swallows look a lot like Barn Swallows with a tan cap.   Here’s a Barn […]

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Guard Geese in China

Tonight Jon and I went to a 12 course vegan dinner for the Ching Rescue Sanctuary.  It was amazing.  During the dinner one of the other attendees was talking about how when he was young he tried to walk in someone’s yard and three geese chased after him so fast he jumped over the fence.  […]

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Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warblers are so beautiful.  They have delicate red streaks on their breasts and black in their wing feathers.  They really stand out in the warbler family.   Sometimes I wish I lived more in the country so I could hear Yellow Warblers in the summer. There was one hanging out in our tree for […]

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Health Progress

I was doing really well with my health goals until I hit January.  In January I went to China and I started school.  In China I never knew when I was going to get a meal I could eat so I overindulged at the Western buffet in the hotel too much.  With school, I used […]

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Northern Flicker

Avian Explorer would not be complete without a picture of a Flicker.     Only the males have this lovely rouge.  And you can understand from his tail feathers why he’s called the red-shafted Northern Flicker.  The east coast Northern Flickers are yellow-shafted.     I also realized that I haven’t shown you a picture […]

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Stonewall The Teenage Cockatiel

Stonewall is being such a teenager lately.   He gets super mad if you pet his back.  He loves his little nook in between the giraffe and the wall.  You can be sure to find him there scrabbling around after 10pm.   He’s been very aggressive with Jon lately.  One way to get him to […]

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Garden Update

The garden is awesome!  Zucchini, tomatoes, kale, everywhere!   Next year I absolutely need to keep the kale, tomatoes, zucchini, and basil.  I should also plant parsley again because that’s really great for the bean recipes.  I was much better this year about making dishes using ingredients from the garden.  On the left I made […]

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End of Summer

Birds look really rough by the end of the summer.     It’s a combination of things.  They can raise between one and three clutches in a summer, which takes a lot out of anyone.  In addition, birds frequently molt at the end of the summer before migration.   Poor ragged buddies!

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