It is always a thrill when a live bird lands in your hand, pauses for a moment, retrieves a food item and wings away.
Several of us had just this pleasure this morning at High Park when we were visited by a White-breasted Nuthatch and a Chickadee.
Nuthatch-in-hand photos from previous walks:
Nuthatches received this name from their habit of wedging a large food item in a crevice and then hacking at it with their strong bills.
High Park Zoo:
Conditions are still VERY icy!
Looks like these magpies have outwitted their researchers.
prefer winter and fall,
when you feel the structure of the landscape
– the loneliness of it,
the dead feel of winter.
Something waits beneath it,
the whole story doesn’t show. – Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009)