Category: birds

Reblog this with a photo of a bird that’s very…

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A bird that’s so common that it’s almost not “special” to see anymore. I want to share “common” birds with other people, and show everyone that some birds that are normal to others, might be rare or beautiful to people in another part of the world who don’t get to see them! So no matter where you are in the world, go ahead and add a picture of a common bird in your area! And add it’s name as well, if you know it. 😀

I’ll start! I’m in Ohio, and we have tons of American robins here.

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north carolina, and northern mockingbirds! they are everywhere, particularly where people are; parking lots, business centers, etc. they’re annoying to people because they’re loud and aggressive to other birds. but i love their minimalist markings and their amazing mimicry abilities! (plus, with a little bribery, they can easily become friends)

I’m from Stockholm, Sweden, or towards the outskirts, and we got a lot of Common/Eurasian blackbirds!

Fun fact, last year when it was really warm and dry we always had a blackbird come over whenever we were watering the garden, because he wanted a cooling shower and to grab some worms

But I’m also studying in Uppsala atm (commuting between the two cities) and there is an overabundance of rooks there, which was exciting for me since they are rare down here in Stockholm!

I don’t how common these darling angels are else where but I love them.

Mourning doves are a common sight outside where I live. Their coos are very distinct.

I’m in central California and you can’t walk outside without having a California scrub jay yell at you.

They have fuzzy gray heads when they’re fledglings

im from southeast florida and boat-tailed grackles are everywhere you look!

apparently the ones we have here have dark eyes but in other places they have light eyes?

(pic mine)

SO HARD TO NOT POST HUNDREDS OF BIRBS

Here are my favorites. I see these either in or from my yard east of Austin, Texas

Painted Bunting (this is a male, the females are green)

Black Vulture ❤️

Crested Caracara. Large falcon, looks more like a hawk, but is a scavenger and feeds like a vulture.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Obnoxious and loud. I love them. When they fly you can see their forked tails.

May 19, 2019

It’s like I’m a real writer now

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Oh boy. I don’t half-ass things. Apparently that includes coming out of the HEY GUYS I’M AUTISTIC closet. Which I did earlier this week. In a nature magazine. They did a feature on birders with disabilities, and wanted to get a written piece from a birder with autism. And I was like *waves arms furiously*. (Because it paid and I’m unemployed right now)

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A 200 word limit is VERY SHORT for an essay, holy carp. But the web piece will be longer (it’s not out yet). Do you like my kinglet?! I took that picture!

Anyway, this is a tiny little essay tucked into some obscure nature magazine nobody reads, right?

*cough*

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Well, what are the odds that somebody I know will read this issue cover-to-cover and notice my name at the bottom of this short little article? I’m quoted in the Editor’s Note at the beginning of the Issue

The best part? When I was talking with the editor of this section in the beginning, I sent her some writing samples so she could get an idea of my ability to actually write. Those samples included some posts from this blog. 

I got my copies of the magazine shipped to me super quick, but I’m not sure when regular subscribers will be getting them. I did post about this on my NanoNaturalist facebook page, so all my IRL nature people who follow me there know my secret (although to be honest, I am highly suspicious of anybody who didn’t notice I was a little weird to begin with).

Life continues to be fun and exciting!
March 16, 2019

The longer version is up on the website now! Check it out: 

Why Autism Makes the Outdoors More Beautiful–and Complicated [link]

And now, I don’t have to worry about my nature people stumbling across the article and finding out I have special brain flavors and acting weird around me. Now I get to worry about potential employers googling my name when they decide if they want to interview me or not and finding this. The joys of having a unique name *sigh*. I had a job interview yesterday that I think went really well, so hopefully that won’t be an issue. Not like it should matter!

The Audubon people are wonderful to work with, I need to think of another story idea so I can do it again soon.

April 17, 2019

Why Autism Makes the Outdoors More Beautiful—a…

Why Autism Makes the Outdoors More Beautiful—and Complicated:

My article is up with a bunch of my bird photos! Now It’s almost like I’m a real photographer or something.

Now I just need to think of more stories to write about birds for future issues!

April 17, 2019

It’s like I’m a real writer now

nanonaturalist:

Oh boy. I don’t half-ass things. Apparently that includes coming out of the HEY GUYS I’M AUTISTIC closet. Which I did earlier this week. In a nature magazine. They did a feature on birders with disabilities, and wanted to get a written piece from a birder with autism. And I was like *waves arms furiously*. (Because it paid and I’m unemployed right now)

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A 200 word limit is VERY SHORT for an essay, holy carp. But the web piece will be longer (it’s not out yet). Do you like my kinglet?! I took that picture!

Anyway, this is a tiny little essay tucked into some obscure nature magazine nobody reads, right?

*cough*

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Well, what are the odds that somebody I know will read this issue cover-to-cover and notice my name at the bottom of this short little article? I’m quoted in the Editor’s Note at the beginning of the Issue

The best part? When I was talking with the editor of this section in the beginning, I sent her some writing samples so she could get an idea of my ability to actually write. Those samples included some posts from this blog. 

I got my copies of the magazine shipped to me super quick, but I’m not sure when regular subscribers will be getting them. I did post about this on my NanoNaturalist facebook page, so all my IRL nature people who follow me there know my secret (although to be honest, I am highly suspicious of anybody who didn’t notice I was a little weird to begin with).

Life continues to be fun and exciting!
March 16, 2019

Halp need Headline for WEB VERSION

I’m working on the edits for the web version of this essay (it’s like, 4x longer), and I have been asked for input on the HEADLINE and SUBHEADLINE for the piece. Of course, knowing that I needed to get this done tonight, because I have a job interview on Tuesday, I spent all day doing yard work and cleaning my kitchen (finally, my kitchen has been a disaster since December!). I will probably “think about the headline a little more” when I submit my edits at 4 am.

Anybody have witty ideas? Themes of the article: 

Birds
Autism & ADHD
Looking at birds
Holy hyperfixation, Batman
Taking pictures of birds

Some recent headlines and subheadlines as examples:

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Previous articles as examples: Audubon Magazine: Birding Articles [link]

You uh… think they’ll say no if I want to work a handflapping / stumpy wings joke into the title? I mean, it IS April, after all. 😉

April 14/15, 2019

A Rare Bald Eagle Trio—Two Dads and a Mom—Capt…

A Rare Bald Eagle Trio—Two Dads and a Mom—Captivates Webcam Fans:

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In a tall tree situated on the Mississippi River in Fulton, Illinois, three eagles, a female and two males, are looking after three downy eaglets.

I LOVE THESE EAGLES

April 12, 2019

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The pigeon scratchboard is now scanned.

The Best

It’s like I’m a real writer now

Oh boy. I don’t half-ass things. Apparently that includes coming out of the HEY GUYS I’M AUTISTIC closet. Which I did earlier this week. In a nature magazine. They did a feature on birders with disabilities, and wanted to get a written piece from a birder with autism. And I was like *waves arms furiously*. (Because it paid and I’m unemployed right now)

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A 200 word limit is VERY SHORT for an essay, holy carp. But the web piece will be longer (it’s not out yet). Do you like my kinglet?! I took that picture!

Anyway, this is a tiny little essay tucked into some obscure nature magazine nobody reads, right?

*cough*

image

Well, what are the odds that somebody I know will read this issue cover-to-cover and notice my name at the bottom of this short little article? I’m quoted in the Editor’s Note at the beginning of the Issue

The best part? When I was talking with the editor of this section in the beginning, I sent her some writing samples so she could get an idea of my ability to actually write. Those samples included some posts from this blog. 

I got my copies of the magazine shipped to me super quick, but I’m not sure when regular subscribers will be getting them. I did post about this on my NanoNaturalist facebook page, so all my IRL nature people who follow me there know my secret (although to be honest, I am highly suspicious of anybody who didn’t notice I was a little weird to begin with).

Life continues to be fun and exciting!
March 16, 2019

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Officially Spring!

That magical time of the year when the conehead katydids start the earsplitting scream outside my kitchen window, the mockingbirds do their 1 am to 4 am rehearsals, and the fire ants remember that they must inhabit my walls!

March 9 (1:30 am, to the sound of a mockingbird warming up), 2019

Can’t wait for summer, when CICADAS

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Wonder no more: It’s BIXBY!

From feisty floof to joyous juvenile, little Bixby is now 3 kg / 6.6 lbs of professional penguin 👇

🐣 –> 💼🐧

Aviculturist Kim says: “Bixby still really enjoys playing with the public through windows, interacting with enrichment (especially in the water), and she likes to hang out near Monty—though he couldn’t care less 😅.”

They grow up so fast! 😭

I don’t know what’s going on but I love and support it

March 1, 2019

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Some Handsome Men Finches

Top two: Lesser Goldfinch
Bottom three: House Finch, who is yellow instead of red like most (I love him)

Posted Feb 12, 2019

Whoa. Your Texas LEGO males are wild-looking. I’ve had 30+ Lesser Goldfinches hanging off my two sock feeders lately, but none of them look like that.

Oh yes, we do get the black-backed flavor males here. I don’t know if I’ve seen the green-backed ones in Texas. My guide says most males from Colorado to Texas are black-backed, west of Colorado they’re green-backed. You do get some awkward-transition males during spring though:

Also HOT GOLDFINCH ACTION

The above photos were taken at the FABULOUS bird blind at Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County, TX (being in that blind was a religious experience). I left the blind and got to see two grey hairstreaks mating, then got onto a trail for a little bit, and a hummingbird saw me and immediately proceeded to I shit you not do hardcore aerial maneuvers (like, he was painting the sky with a gigantic smiley face holy carp that hummer was either loving life or was seriously high on fermented sugar water). And he was flying AT me for part of his show, too. 

Then on my way back to my car, I found a gall that is made by nematodes [link].

February 13, 2019

I’m not sure if it was from reading this post, but this morning I looked out at the thistle sock outside the kitchen window and there was an almost-completely-black-backed male Lesser Goldfinch on it! It’s the first of those I remember seeing around here. He got away before I could snap a picture, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled and try to document him if he comes back so you can enjoy the sight of one black-backed male surrounded by umpteen green-backed ones. 😀

Allow me to add today’s new visitor to the yard:

PINE SISKIN!!!!!

The nearest pine is like, 20 miles away, but okay 😂 I keep joking about having great reviews on Finch Yelp

February 14, 2019

So, here’s the darkest male Lesser Goldfinch I’ve seen at my sock feeder in the last few days. Still some green on the back, but at least around here (SoCal) this counts as pretty dark:

Here’s a shot of some more typical local LEGOs:

LOOK AT HIM!!!!!!! LOOK AT ALL OF THEM!!!!!! He looks like a first-year black-backed (”awkward transition” is what I called it above). They molt and have solid black backs their second season. He’s your lucky boy! Keep an eye out for him!

Where do you get your thistle? I bought my first sock pre-filled (on sale!), but it’s getting empty and not many places seem to stock it. Seems mostly just hardware stores. Costs an arm and a let online, so I don’t want to go that route.

February 24, 2019