By: Pat Coate
Finally got a couple passable shots of one of my nemesis birds. The red-breasted nuthatches usually just grab a seed from our feeder and then head back into the trees to eat before returning to grab another. This one, however, stayed in a nearby tree allowing a few pictures, though they were in tough lighting. The pictures were taken the end of August.
I find myself accustom to certain species of birds being at my feeders and take pride in finding them each day. Many of these birds are my neighbors that live here year-round and I know that because they have bands placed on their legs. One of these regulars was a family of Red-breasted Nuthatches that I could always rely on squeaking its way to the sunflower seeds.
This morning Young Naturalist J and I decided to do a little banding in my back yard. Our goal was to catch those Pine Siskin and Redpolls that had visited my house last Friday. Although the Redpoll never returned, we “just” missed an opportunity to band one of the Pine Siskins! 😦 (more…)