This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 4, Pick a Topic from this Photo.
I picked the tree and the colours white, orange and blue. I decided to go with a small selection of photos of one family of birds, Nuthatches, in different trees in different regions.
This is the Eurasian Nuthatch, also known as the Wood Nuthatch or simply as a Nuthatch depending on which authority you reference. Feeding in typical Nuthatch style, going down a tree trunk checking nooks and crannies for insects. Photographed in Cheshire, England in the late 1980s.
This is the White-breasted Nuthatch of North America. This individual was photographed in light snow at -25°C in Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s and is probably a male.
This is a Red-breasted Nuthatch of North America and probably another male. This individual is waiting for a turn on the suet feeder in the yard. Photographed in Ontario, Canada in the late 2000s.
You may be wondering where the colours I picked come in. White and orange are the colours of the breast feathers of the various species and all three have blue-grey feathers on their wings and backs.