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Green Finches in China

These little finches were everywhere in China.  I think they’re very charming, although I found them a bit frustrating when I’d be trying to get a shot of a rare bird and a finch would be in the way.  They look kind of bland when you see them on overcast days, which every day in […]

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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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Goldfinches: American and Lesser

Back in August when I was in California, I drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and made my way up the coast in Marin County.  I stopped at Fort Barry and took pictures of the birds.  I found a juvenile goldfinch making an incredible racket.  Here’s mom molting into her winter wear:     I […]

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Spot-crowned Euphonia

Turning back to Costa Rica birds, the Spot-crowned Euphonia is one of the more interesting species because the males and females both have interesting plumage.  The female is easier to distinguish among euphonias because she has a rufous-colored crown and a rufous-colored underbelly. Here’s the underbelly. The male Spot-crowned Euphonia looks a lot like other […]

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Pine Siskins

I’ve seen a lot of Pine Siskins over the past year.  They travel in flocks so I don’t see them often, but when I do see them it’s in a flurry of activity.  This picture was taken at my feeder. You can tell that they’re siskins and not female House Finches, by the yellow wing […]

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House Finch

Female house finches are really good at tricking you into thinking you have a more interesting bird like a Pine Siskin. She really enjoyed those berries. Some people only want to find rare birds and I do get excited by finding new birds, but I can also appreciate an opportunity to take nice photographs. The […]

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House Finches

One of the first signs of Spring is that the House Finches start to sing for extended periods of time. They are very frequent visitors to the backyard, so I get to hear a lot of songs. They’re not very scared of me.  Sometimes they stay on the trellis while I change the seed. I […]

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Goldfinches

I’ve been waiting for almost a year to talk about goldfinches.  The one on the left is probably a female Lesser Goldfinch.  It’s not a perfect identification because female goldfinch species have similar patterns.  The one on the right is a non-breeding plumage male Lesser Goldfinch. You can tell the difference between the American and […]

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Salt Lake City has several prime areas for skiing.  One of them is Big Cottonwood Canyons, which is a gorgeous area in the mountains.  There are several lakes in Big Cottonwood Canyon that you can hike; one is Silver Lake.  It’s very pretty! Unfortunately, everyone else knows how pretty it is.  Salt Lake City has […]

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