Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nuthatch pictures – finally!

Another warm sunny day….

another sunny day

there is a heron out there….same spot as yesterday…

Two Eagles

a lot of the activity was in the sky today.  First of all about a dozen Turkey Vultures were circling over the hillside to the west of the estuary.  This is the second large grouping of Turkey Vultures I’ve seen recently.  About a week ago, close to 20 of them were flying around the Harrison River bridge – of course you can’t stop on the bridge to take pictures and wouldn’t have been able to capture them all anyway, as they were so low.  The birds above aren’t Turkey Vultures but 2 Bald Eagles….there were actually 3 flying by at the same time.  Not a good picture!

Canada Geese

a few Canada Geese there again….and there were some Mallard and Green-wing Teal spread out along the waterway.

dry, dry, dry

water levels just keep getting lower!

Heron in the dried up pond again

another Great Blue Heron perched over in that dried up pond again. The bushes were very quiet, possibly because parks staff were busy weed eating and trimming.

Back at home I was determined to get ..

Nuthatch at feeder

pictures of that Red-breasted Nuthatch!  it helped that today there are more than one coming to the feeders and they have been coming all day long…

Red-breasted nuthatch at Peanut feeder

they are busy visiting both the peanut and sunflower seed feeders (alternating with chickadees that are doing the same thing)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

and then they are stashing the food behind bits of bark and in crevices.  Does that mean they plan to spend the winter with us?  I hope so!

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