Category Archives: Natural History

First bird of 2014

While out walking with my wife yesterday, I spotted this Great Horned Owl (Grand-duc d’Amérique). There were actually two of them, but the second was perched only a few feet away and almost impossible to see in amongst the shadows.

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Tortue à oreilles rouges

Dernière week-end, j’ai fait une belle promenade avec ma femme à la réserve pour les oiseaux. Il faisait beau et j’ai vu cette tortue à oreilles rouges.

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Black-capped Chickadee – Mésange à tête noire

Can anyone identify the bush this little fellow is perched on? (Click the image to view a larger version.)

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Sandhill Crane – Grue du Canada

I find it fascinating that ‘we’ have fossils of these birds that are approximately 2.5 million years old, considerably older than most other living bird species. Watching them move about is like being able to see through the thickness of … Continue reading

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2012

In 2012, I added 32 birds, including this Ring-necked Duck, to my bird list. Here they are: American Coot American Goldfinch Barred Owl Black-billed Magpie Black-headed Grosbeak Bufflehead California Quail Cedar Waxwing Clark’s Nutcracker Common Goldeneye Common Tern Double-crested Cormorant … Continue reading

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Evening Grosbeak

While at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, I spotted my first Evening Grosbeak. Unfortunately, her beak was a bit of a mess, but she was far too intent on eating to stop and get cleaned up for a photoshoot. … Continue reading

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My Small Year

This is my second ‘official’ year as a birder of sorts. Actually, I’ve been casually watching birds for years but somehow never worked up the enthusiasm to bother identifying the various species I didn’t recognize. It was a lazy enjoyment … Continue reading

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A Spotted Towhee

I had a chat with this young fellow the other day and he let me take photos while we talked. I’ve been trying to get decent pictures of his parents for quite sometime but haven’t been able to get close … Continue reading

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A Song of Certainty

Spotted this White-crowned Sparrow while hiking in the Cascade Mountains on Friday. He seemed to be keeping a close eye on me. I asked him how he sings with such certainty when we are surrounded by such overwhelming complexity. He … Continue reading

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Sparrow Encounters of the Weird Kind

The short version: The above photo should have been of a House Sparrow. The long version: Last week, I had a House Sparrow approach me in the backyard. I was walking towards the apple tree when I noticed it exploring … Continue reading

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