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Aug. 14th, 2016

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Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, CA


I went on a walk with my guy. It was sunny and we started at around 9:00 AM.

California Towhee
Acorn Woodpecker
Spotted Towhee
House Finch
Cooper's Hawk
Ash-Throated Flycatcher
Western Scrub Jay
American Goldfinch
Wilson's Warbler

Jan. 21st, 2015

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Tunghai University, Taiwan


Malayan Night Heron (Gorsachius melanolophus)

This bird was standing completely still (as herons do) under a ficus tree next to a walkway, not at all near water. It was such an unexpected sight that I thought it wasn't real at first until I stepped closer and it turned to move away from me. I took photos.


Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus)

Taichung, a couple blocks from Shangde Street. A pair were calling and flitting through some shrubs arranged next to somebody's front door. One also pooped.

Jan. 14th, 2015

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Gao Mei Wetlands Wildlife Refuge, Taiwan


Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)

There were multiple birds wading and running on the mud flats by the boardwalk, foraging.

It was very windy and I was quite lucky to get a clear photograph.

Dec. 2nd, 2014

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Bird in Shilin, Taipei Taiwan

I was at the National Palace Museum's garden and saw this lone bird foraging on a lawn.

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)

Dec. 1st, 2014

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Birds in Taipei, Taiwan

I saw all these in the city of Taipei.

December 1, 2014

At Taipei Main Station

Chinese Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) There was a loud chattering flock flying.

Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) foraging on the ground alone.

At the Taipei Botanical Garden

Grey Treepie (Dendrocitta formosae) There was a pair in a tree and they were the loudest I saw today.

All the rest were at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial and the surrounding gardens.

Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus) a flock were feeding on dropped crumbs.

Oriental turtle dove (Streptopelia orientalis) a pair were foraging on the ground.

Black drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) I saw one perched on the apex of a bare young tree.

Javan myna (Acridotheres javanicus) a few were perched on the Memorial balustrades.

Nov. 19th, 2014

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Going back through birding notes


I was in Boston for the American Society of Landscape Architects Expo.

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)


I lived in Missouri to be with Mr. D while he was training at Fort Leonard Wood. He rented a room in a suburban home that backed an undeveloped forest with no fences. Most of the birding I did was in the backyard of that home.

Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) in Waynesville, Missouri


Tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) in Waynesville, Missouri


Eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) in Waynesville, Missouri


Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) in Waynesville, Missouri


Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) in Waynesville, Missouri

Nov. 11th, 2014

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Confirmation on Korean bird


I took two photos and posted on birdforum.net where very helpful people confirmed that I saw a

Brown-eared Bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis)

while in Uijeonbu.

Nov. 6th, 2014

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More South Korean Birds


I was in the Dongducheon area.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) there were multiple individuals in the shallow river alongside the highway.

These other two I have seen walking on the ground or in flight:

Eurasian magpie (Pica pica)

Carrion crow (Corvus corone)

Oct. 31st, 2014

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First Bird Sighted in South Korea

I am with my guy in South Korea.

In the urban context, I have already sighted the ubiquitous pigeon.

For an Asian species:

October 31, 2014

Motacilla alba lugens

I am very sure that it is the Black-backed wagtail because I took photos, not having my binoculars available and in all the photos it is clear that it has an eye stripe.

We were having lunch outdoors, next to a big drainage way that was mostly dry with shallow puddles. The bird flew down onto the floor and walked amongst fallen foliage, calling and eating. The tail wagged very characteristically.

May. 12th, 2014

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Moved from Tacoma, WA to Missouri

Mr. D could not wait any longer to have me with him.

So, I quit my job, he engaged a moving company to pack up our entire apartment, and I drove from Tacoma to Murrieta, CA, where I dropped my birds and car off with my parents.

This was the first time that I had to make a long drive over four hours. There were some scary moments when the freeway narrowed to two-lanes and I had to pass big rig trucks that were towing three loads behind them and everything was curving up or downhill with no offramps or shoulders on the road. I made it through with no incidents and the budgies were all fine with the road trip, with their cage strapped in place in the passenger seat.

I met up with Mom and Brother at Redding, CA and stayed there overnight before we caravanned onward. We switched out drivers so that nobody got too sleepy.

I got to reconnect with my family before Mom, Aunt Jennifer, Grandma and I went on to Las Vegas. Mom attended a convention and I got to sightsee with Aunt Jennifer and Grandma. After Mom was done with the convention, we checked out the new block-wide development on the Strip, Aria. It was a lot of fun seeing the new sleek, chic, and modern interior decor, shopping areas, and architecture.

I flew out from Las Vegas to St. Louis.

While at Fort Leonard Wood, Mr. D managed to form a group of friends that gave me a very warm welcome. We hang out, have dinners out, and I have more of a social life in Missouri vs. in Tacoma.
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