Welcome to the mon@rch nature blog and I hope you join us in some of our nature adventures through the Allegany State Park area!
I am a naturalist, field biologist and nature photographer from the Western New York area. I have started exploring nature writing through this blog and it truly has been fun sharing my numerous adventures with everyone. Thanks to the many other authors that help me with my post and they will be sharing some of their nature explorations.
I have always had a latent interest in birds and photography and have been lucky enough to find time to explore these interests over the last few years. I am very thankful to the Cattaraugus County Bird Club for getting me started, sharing their wealth of knowledge and for their wonderful programs. And many thanks to Tom for letting me share some of my adventures and photos on the Monarch Nature Blog.
Thank you for taking the time visiting and commenting on this blog.
Beautiful photo of a bird that normally flits so fast, my photos of him are usually blurry!
27 February 2008 at 6:49 am
27 February 2008 at 9:09 am
@ Jayne – Thanks and they are fast fliers!
@ Liz – thanks
27 February 2008 at 9:18 am
That’s a beauty.
27 February 2008 at 9:19 am
Love the picture!
27 February 2008 at 9:28 am
Happy WW Tom!! Beautiful photo of a really cool bird. I love how they seem to defy gravity!
27 February 2008 at 9:55 am
Pretty shot – very natural setting and I like the light being concentrated around the eye.
27 February 2008 at 10:00 am
Nice. You must be surrounded by flocks.
BTW, the ice depth in Wisconsin (for ice fishing, of course) is down a little – probably about 30 inches.
27 February 2008 at 10:09 am
It’s good to see a normal one :o)
27 February 2008 at 10:19 am
Beautiful shot Tom. These are one of my favorite birds and I love the sounds they make!
27 February 2008 at 12:44 pm
Absolutely STUNNING, Tom. I love the green background, too! 🙂
27 February 2008 at 1:14 pm
27 February 2008 at 1:15 pm
What a brilliant shot – I love the DOF on this baby. It created the perfect background to the this little guy. For the record you have got me searching so hard for one of these! I’ve got little red breasted guys everywhere but so far have not seen even one of these friendly little guys. I’m looking tho!
27 February 2008 at 2:14 pm
I’m listening to one via my outside microphone even as I type. So cute.
27 February 2008 at 2:29 pm
One of our white-breasted nuthatches gave me hope over the weekend that spring might not be far off here in the Shenandoah Valley. I noticed the bird going into a birdhouse that had been used last year by titmice. The nuthatch would bring out big material like part of a leaf and just let it go in the wind. But when it came out with finer material that must have come from the lining of the titmouse nest, it went out and wedged it into loose bark on the dead oak tree or stuck it between the nest box and the tree. The material was still there this morning, but I hope it will be used before too long.
27 February 2008 at 5:16 pm
@ Robin – thanks
@ Sherry – thanks
@ Pam – thanks and they love hanging upside down!
@ Marty – thanks and it turned out darker on flickr that what I uploaded!
@ Barb – thanks and we do have many around! 30 inches, wow!
@ Mary – LOL, ya this is what they look like and not how you are seeing them!
@ Sherri – thanks and the yank, yank sound is a fave for sure!
@ Lisa – thanks and like I told Marty . . . flickr made it darker than what I uploaded it as!
@ Mel – thanks
@ aullori – thanks and hope you find one! They are a treasure for sure! Thanks
@ Cathy – I need new batteries for my microphone! LOL
@ Dave W. – how amazing that you observed those behaviors! Sounds like it is very possible they might take over the box! I have only had a titmouse use one of my boxes one time before! Thanks for sharing!
27 February 2008 at 5:33 pm
I love how your photo is focused. Beautiful shot, beautiful bird.
27 February 2008 at 6:12 pm
Ok, I will say it for you… ‘just darling’.
27 February 2008 at 7:42 pm
The pose of your nuthatch reminds me of when dogs pose at dog shows. I give him a 10! Nice form!
27 February 2008 at 10:14 pm
@ Linda – thanks for your kind words!
@ Lisa – just for a second before it flew! Thanks
@ chicago – I can see that! Thanks!
28 February 2008 at 6:37 am
Beautiful shot! You sure this is a live bird, not one you posed and arranged for beautiful spot lighting in a studio? 🙂
28 February 2008 at 10:38 am
I think these are my favorite birds Tom, I love to listen to them chatter when they feed 🙂
28 February 2008 at 10:27 pm