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In Hawaii there was a little cove near the house we rented that is a known spot for seeing turtles.  The turtles were fairly shy, but there were two Black-crowned Night Herons that gave lovely displays.  Here is the adult: The juvenile was even closer to us.  I find it interesting that the juvenile has […]

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Coots

This blog would be incomplete without pictures of coots in the winter.   They seem a lot friendlier than other birds because they’re always in groups.   It’s funny, coots barely make an appearance in Massachusetts where I grew up, but they seem so familiar to me.  When I was first getting into birds and […]

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Western Snowy Plovers

On my last trip to Pescadero, I saw Snowy Plovers.  They look like a lot of other plovers in their non-breeding plumage, but no less adorable.     There were two of them on the beach and they were extremely suspicious of me.     Their numbers are diminishing because they breed along the coastal […]

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Western Sandpiper

This morning I took a flight from Oakland to Salt Lake City and I had to get up at 3:50am.  I’m so incredibly tired.  I was supposed to have five hours of meetings starting Thursday morning, but it didn’t work out and I had the day free.  So I stayed in Pescadero, CA overnight.   […]

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American Pipit

Years ago I saw an American Pipit in Northern California.  I think it was in San Mateo.  I’m really surprised that I didn’t post about it because I think the shots were pretty decent.  But good pictures with that old lens aren’t as good as the 500mm lens pictures I took in the Uintas earlier […]

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Baby Duck Rescue

Yesterday we had some unexpected excitement.  Jon was on our porch and saw a cat stalking something.  He realized that it was a duck and her little babies.  We live in a residential neighborhood in the middle of two busy streets so the ducks couldn’t stay there.     I grabbed a box and scooped […]

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Wilson’s Pharalope

We went to Antelope Island last Sunday and I still have nasty itchy welts from these horribly flies that stung every time they bit me.  I truly suffered because I wanted to get some good shots of the Wilson’s Pharalope.  There were thousands of pharalopes on the causeway.     By the way, the lens […]

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Foster’s Tern

You guys, I have been so sick since yesterday.  I threw up.  I haven’t thrown up since we lived in California and that was the result of a wild night of having three glasses of wine.  The last time I threw up due to sickness was in law school and that was due to the […]

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American Avocets

We had a large span of time this year where the avocets graced our presence.  I first saw them on April 30th, but they could have come much earlier because I spent the previous weeks away from large water bodies.  This picture nicely illustrates why they’re called the blue-legged bird. American Avocets breed in Utah […]

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Baby Western Grebe

Most of Farmington Bay is behind a gate that they close off during breeding season.  When I visited last weekend they opened it back up again.  And I’m so glad that they did because I got to see grebes! These are Western Grebes because the black feathers are underneath their eyes.  Clark’s Grebes only have […]

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