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CFFC: Tree, White, Orange and Blue

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.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo

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.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo

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.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic from this Photo

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.

 

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Nuthatch Family

The new Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Feathered Friends.

As a long time bird photographer I had all sorts of ideas for a post. Then I started thinking about bird families and realised that I could post about the Nuthatch family divided by decades and locations.

So we’ll start in Cheshire, England with a European species, the Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea), also known as the Wood Nuthatch. Photographed in the 1980s, I had set up a shovel handle as a perch for a European Robin that wouldn’t cooperate. So I photographed the Nuthatch when it used the perch.

Wood Nuthatch.

 

Now to a North American species, the White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) photographed in Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s. A bitterly cold winters day, around -30°C with some light snow coming down. The dark crown stripe means that this is probably a male.

White-breasted Nuthatch

 

Finally, another North American species, a Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) photographed in Ontario, Canada in the 2000s. Once again, the dark crown stripe means that the bird is probably a male.

Male Red-breasted Nuthatch.