Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Throwback Thursday only travels back about nine years. A follow up of sorts to my Wordless Wednesday post yesterday as the shots were taken a couple of weeks and maybe a distance of five yards apart.

There’s a reason why I picked a Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) for this Throwback Thursday post. The species had been a regular and common visitor to the yard and feeders since I moved to the area 10 years ago.

Until this autumn that is. After having a yard full of adults and young early in the autumn I’m now hardly seeing any. I hadn’t really noticed the dramatic reduction in numbers until I read something online about large numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatches moving into the north eastern U.S. from Canada. It’s thought that the conifer seed crop in Canada is low causing the birds to head south for the winter. Since reading about the irruption a week or so ago I have seen only two birds in the yard, a few days apart.

This article gives more information and probably explains why our Purple Finches have also disappeared.

As the cap on top of the birds head is black this is a male Red-breasted Nuthatch. Females have a slate grey cap, the colour of the back and wings.

Male Red-breasted Nuthatch.

 

Week 35. Watching the sky.

Sunday afternoon of week 35 saw me lying in the yard trying for shots of one of the three Eastern Gray Squirrels that appeared in the area recently. Still no luck with shots of the Squirrels but I had some cooperative birds prepared to pose for me.

I picked this shot because despite the Red-breasted Nuthatch being on the ground looking for seeds it’s looking up at the sky, more interested in something overhead than finding seeds.

Watching the sky.