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Tag: Citizen Science

  • White-crowned sparrows join the party

    White-crowned sparrows join the party

    The White-crowned Sparrows have pretty distinctive whistles where the first syllabus is long, followed by staccato notes cramped together – “W-h-e-e-e-e-e phew hue-hue-hue-hue-hue”. Imagine saying “W–h–e–r–e are you-you-you-you-you?” I first knew about them when I started frequenting the Richmond Library. They are always singing. Ever since the start of our rooftop party, I like to […]

  • Finally, the beeping Towhee

    Finally, the beeping Towhee

    This project started because I wanted to get a closer look at the California Towhee. Finally, my first feathered friend arrives at the party. Guess who’s unhappy? “Hey, bird-feeding-woman, do something…” “Hmph!” “Do you hear me?” “Dooooo something!!!” The juvenile House Finch who has been dominating the feeders gets a taste of its medicine. Hee…

  • Hey good lookin’

    Hey good lookin’

    I spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk on the roof of the house opposite. It looked like it had just gotten out of bed – fluffy hair with a look of wonder. Within seconds, it fluttered away. A few days later, another Red-shouldered Hawk appeared. I gasped! It can’t be the same bird! Can it? Where is my […]

  • Extraterrestrial discovery…

    Extraterrestrial discovery…

    When I saw the grass in the shoe, I thought the birds were going to make a garden out of it. Shortly after, some “yellow dots” appeared. After a trip to Grenada, I have become an iNaturalist convert. Thanks to citizen science, I discovered that this alien little yellow dots were Phycomyces – or what […]

  • A lost corvid on the roof

    A lost corvid on the roof

    I thought it was a crow, but this one was different – somewhat bigger than a crow and smaller than a raven. It has that hair tuft (feathers) under the neck but not fully developed like the raven It was walking alone around (the outside of) our house and seemed lost – unlike crows who […]

  • The unexpected corvids

    The unexpected corvids

    I used to think birds engage in a lot of idle talks and gossips, but recently, I am beginning to think otherwise. They might be providing specific navigation information to their group – telling family members where the food is and whether the coast is clear. Bird language with different dialects perhaps? The word for […]

  • Dark-eyed Junco: Becoming adults

    Dark-eyed Junco: Becoming adults

    “It’s snowing!”“No… it’s just the rain!” “Still, lovely isn’t it?”“Nooo… it’s cold!” “Mmm…”“We have to stock up food, do you hear me?” “Oh well…”“Hurry up!” Over the last five months, these Dark-eyed Junco juveniles have grown almost identical to their parents. They are adults now, but still look a little silly with their ways and […]

  • One crazy House Finch party!

    One crazy House Finch party!

    There were probably three families of House Finch at the feeders. The Dark-eyed Junco could barely fight for a spot. At some point, everyone had to wait… (and grumble while they wait).

  • The House Finch is not always red

    The House Finch is not always red

    Differentiating the House Finches and Dark-eyed Juncos have been quite an exercise when all of a sudden, a yellow bird arrives! Wait, you look exactly like the House Finch, and your little ones look so similar to those juveniles I have been watching! I started talking to the birds a lot and even imagining their […]