Kimball Garrett http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/255/all en New Year: New Bird http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-year-new-bird <p>&quot;175,&quot; responds&nbsp;Kimball Garrett, the Museum&#39;s ornithology collections manager and resident bird nerd, when someone asked him&nbsp;how many birds he&#39;s&nbsp;documented&nbsp;around the Museum. In the last few days of 2013 Kimball checked off another bird that had never before been documented in Exposition Park, this brought Kimball&#39;s ever growing list to its current pinnacle.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/KLG%20photo%20June%202010a.JPG" /></p> <p>Kimball behind the scenes in Ornithology</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-year-new-bird" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/new-year-new-bird#comments Bird List birds Exposition Park Golden-crowned Kinglet Hollywood Hills Kimball Garrett King Vulture Regulus satrapa Blog Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:41:50 +0000 Lila Higgins 832 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Thanksgiving for the Butter-butt (but not the Butterballs)! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/thanksgiving-butter-butt-not-butterballs <div>Hold your horses...give me a moment to clarify this title, I'm talking about birds here! When I say "butter-butt" I'm actually referring to a small grey songbird that has a bright yellow <span>patch on its derri</span><span><span>èr</span>e (</span>yes, this really is what dorky birders like myself call this bird when we're out birding). In particular, I'm talking about the below pictured butter-butt, that narrowly escaped death <span>— </span>hence the giving of thanks. In contrast, all those Butterball turkeys won't be giving much thanks. </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/thanksgiving-butter-butt-not-butterballs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/thanksgiving-butter-butt-not-butterballs#comments Audubon's Warbler bird strikes butter-butt Butterball turkey Kimball Garrett Setophaga coronata thanksgiving window strikes Yellow-rumped Warbler Blog Wed, 21 Nov 2012 07:44:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 711 at http://www.nhm.org/nature First Canada Warbler Spotted in Exposition Park http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-canada-warbler-spotted-exposition-park <div><span><span>This week I got another e-mail from one of our scientists. This time it was from Kimball Garrett, our amazing Ornithology Collections Manager. He found another bird for our Exposition Park bird list, and my isn't it cute? Here's Kimball's communique from October 3rd at 1:24pm:</span></span></div> <div><span></span></div> <div><span><span><span>"All, </span></span></span></div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-canada-warbler-spotted-exposition-park" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-canada-warbler-spotted-exposition-park#comments Bird List birds Canada warbler Exposition Park Kimball Garrett Wilsonia canadensis Blog Sat, 06 Oct 2012 07:26:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 717 at http://www.nhm.org/nature What's that Bird of Prey Eating? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whats-bird-prey-eating <div>We've had another visitor at the pond. Since it's a bird, Kimball was kind enough to write this week's post!</div> <div></div> <div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5KuoVhU0Fdo/UEFLKXKDdgI/AAAAAAAAArc/wT1gPZzfKzc/s1600/1.CoopersHawk.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="225" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5KuoVhU0Fdo/UEFLKXKDdgI/AAAAAAAAArc/wT1gPZzfKzc/s400/1.CoopersHawk.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whats-bird-prey-eating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whats-bird-prey-eating#comments Accipter cooperii bird of prey birds Cooper's Hawk hawks Kimball Garrett National Audubon Society's Blue List Sam Easterson Blog Sat, 01 Sep 2012 06:54:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 721 at http://www.nhm.org/nature We've Got Flying Neon Toothpicks in Our Pond http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/weve-got-flying-neon-toothpicks-our-pond <p>I admit it! I totally stole the title of this week's blog from my Facebook friend John Acorn, aka The Nature Nut. To be specific, I gleaned this gem of a title from one of his books, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Damselflies-Alberta-Flying-Toothpicks-Insects/dp/0888644191" target="_blank">Damselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass</a></em>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/weve-got-flying-neon-toothpicks-our-pond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/weve-got-flying-neon-toothpicks-our-pond#comments damselflies dragonflies Flame Skimmer Ischnura cervula John Acorn Kimball Garrett Libellula saturata Odonata Pacific Forktail Pantala flavascens Sam Easterson The Nature Nut Wandering Glider Blog Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:26:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 723 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Another New Bird for Our Bird List http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/another-new-bird-our-bird-list <div> <p>170 and Counting...</p> <p>Late last week, Kimball Garrett, NHM&#39;s Ornithology Collections Manager, spotted a new species for our Exposition Park bird list...drum roll please!</p> <p>It was an Indigo Bunting, <em>Passerina cyanea</em>.&nbsp;Although Kimball had his camera with him, he was unfortunatley unable to snap a picture. Here is an image of a male Indigo Bunting, so you can at least get a sense of what they look like.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/another-new-bird-our-bird-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/another-new-bird-our-bird-list#comments Bird List birds eBird Exposition Park Indigo Bunting Kimball Garrett Passerina cyanea Blog Sat, 09 Jun 2012 00:19:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 693 at http://www.nhm.org/nature InSEX: Mating's Risqué Business in the Insect World http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/insex-matings-risqu%C3%A9-business-insect-world <p><span>Last night I hosted an InSEX dinner at an undisclosed and secret&nbsp;location.&nbsp;No, we weren&#39;t eating insects (in fact, we had a lovely vegetarian meal). Instead, we were&nbsp;discussing their&nbsp;weird, wonderful, and various&nbsp;reproductive strategies!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/insex-matings-risqu%C3%A9-business-insect-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/insex-matings-risqu%C3%A9-business-insect-world#comments dragonflies insect sex InSEX Kimball Garrett Odes Pond Sympetrum corruptum variegated meadowhawk Vietnamese walking stick walking sticks Blog Fri, 04 May 2012 03:33:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 698 at http://www.nhm.org/nature North Campus DIY http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-diy <p>This week I've been working with Jared Nielsen, one of the Museum's Exhibit Technicians, who also happens to be a DIY (Do it Yourself) enthusiast. With his help we've managed to build and install two nest boxes and launch our first garden surveillance balloon!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-diy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-diy#comments balloon mapping birds DIY do it yourself European Starlings Grassroots Mapping House Sparrows Jared Nielsen Kimball Garrett nest boxes Sam Easterson Western Bluebirds Blog Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:10:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 703 at http://www.nhm.org/nature American Goldfinches Find Feeders and Get Counted http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/american-goldfinches-find-feeders-and-get-counted <p>American Goldfinches, <em>Spinus tristis</em>, have found our bird feeders! Flocks of them have been visiting the nyger seed feeders that the Museum's live animal caretakers fill on an almost daily basis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/american-goldfinches-find-feeders-and-get-counted" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/american-goldfinches-find-feeders-and-get-counted#comments American Goldfinch bird feeders Bird List birds eBird Great Backyard Bird Count Kimball Garrett Lesser Goldfinch nyger seed Blog Sat, 18 Feb 2012 06:17:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 669 at http://www.nhm.org/nature First Owl Recorded in North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-owl-recorded-north-campus <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><span><span><img src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/P1000975%202.JPG" /></span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-owl-recorded-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-owl-recorded-north-campus#comments Bird List birds Burrowing owl Kimball Garrett owl Blog Sat, 19 Nov 2011 05:20:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 681 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Bird Crashes into Museum Building and Dies For Science http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bird-crashes-museum-building-and-dies-science <p>Soras, <em>Porzana carolina</em>, seem to be really poor fliers. So much so that last week one flew into the side of the Museum and&nbsp;killed itself. This brings the Exposition Park Bird List, maintained by Kimball Garrett,&nbsp;our Ornithology Collection Manager,&nbsp;up to 167 species. &quot;But wait,&quot; I hear you crying, &quot;what about bird number 166?&quot; In my&nbsp;previous post <a href="/nature/blog/bird-crashes-museum-building-and-dies-science">New Bird For North Campus List</a>,&nbsp;it clearly stated that the Rufous Hummingbird was species 165.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bird-crashes-museum-building-and-dies-science" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bird-crashes-museum-building-and-dies-science#comments Bird List birds Jerome Brown Kimball Garrett Michael Wilson Sora Swainson's Hawk Blog Thu, 29 Sep 2011 23:27:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 651 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Black Phoebes Build Nest http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-phoebes-build-nest <div><strong>More Nest Surveillance</strong></div> <div></div> <div>This week we found another active bird nest! This nest belongs to a pair of Black Phoebes, <em>Sayornis nigricans,</em> and is built under the eaves of the Rose Garden maintenance shed. Once again this find is thanks to Kimball Garrett, who noticed the nest Monday morning on one of his regular Expo Park bird surveys. </div> <div></div> <div></div> <div> Footage of the phoebe landing on her nest</div> <div></div> <div><strong>Naughty Neighbors</strong></div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-phoebes-build-nest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-phoebes-build-nest#comments birds Black Phoebe Eastern Fox Squirrel eggs Kimball Garrett nest squirrels Blog Sat, 07 May 2011 04:15:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 633 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Bushtits Move In http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bushtits-move <p><strong>New Neighbors</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div>A pair of Bushtits, <em>Psaltriparus minimus, </em>just built their nest in the live oak tree behind the Butterfly Pavilion.&nbsp;Kimball Garrett, our resident bird expert, found the nest this Monday and promptly sent me an e-mail detailing the nest&#39;s location. As soon as I got into work on Tuesday morning, I headed out to the Butterfly Pavilion to check it out.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bushtits-move" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bushtits-move#comments Babies birds Bushtit Butterfly Pavilion Kimball Garrett nest Oak tree Sam Easterson Trees Blog Sat, 30 Apr 2011 06:18:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 634 at http://www.nhm.org/nature