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Tag: Study

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • House Finch: Going through changes

    House Finch: Going through changes

    Like the Dark-eyed Junco juveniles, the young House Finches have their share of bad hair days. The young male starts to develop red highlights on his chest and his crown. While he becomes more and more like his father, he reminds me of those teenage years where my brother and I would dye our hair. […]

  • House Finch: Father and child

    House Finch: Father and child

    Unlike the monomorphic Dark-eyed Junco, the male House Finch has red highlights on its crown, throat and breast. Mr Finch is a father who chaperones his juveniles. Interestingly, he would eat first – for a long while – before letting anyone else have a go. The little juvenile would not dare to eat from the […]

  • The Cooper Hawk spots a party

    The Cooper Hawk spots a party

    Our neighbour’s antenna is the “waiting area” to our rooftop party. It is about ten feet away. Before we started this project, there would only be one bird singing a melodious song. These days, it could accommodate four to six sparrow-sized birds, totally absorbed in their chatter. I read that most hawks have incredible vision […]

  • Dark-eyed Junco: Juveniles

    Dark-eyed Junco: Juveniles

    If this little one hadn’t come with its parents, I wouldn’t have known that it is a Dark-eyed Junco. Watching a sibling squabble can be quite amusing. Sometimes it all happens too fast. I only get to see their frozen expressions when I transfer the photos into my laptop. These are my favourites. “How many […]

  • Dark-eyed Junco: Going through changes

    Dark-eyed Junco: Going through changes

    For a good few weeks, I watched the four juveniles change. They reminded me of my teenage years – acne face, bad hair days and unexplainable angst all rolled into one body. Yet so carefree and oblivious to what the future holds. When they finally start to resemble their parents, new juveniles arrive. “Hello House […]

  • Rooftop party for the birds

    Rooftop party for the birds

    Jon had two pairs of Converse that he didn’t want to dump in the landfill bin, “Why don’t you use them as bird feeders?” When looking for food, do birds use their sense of smell? If they do, wouldn’t they smell the old shoes rather than the seeds? Maybe their sense of sight would help […]

  • The beeping bird

    The beeping bird

    Jon and I moved into the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco at the beginning of October 2017. My first feathered friend is a greyish-brown bird who lives two trees away. Its beeps sound like the carbon monoxide detector when it is low on batteries – loud, crisp and repetitive. I affectionately call it Towhee, […]