Nuthatch in Hand: February 24, 2022

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.

White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee

Nuthatch-in-hand photos from previous walks:

White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch

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.

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch

Other birds:

American Robin
House Sparrow (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)

High Park Zoo:

Mouflon Sheep
Peacock (male)
Peacock (male)
Peacock (female)
West Highland Cattle
Barbary Sheep

Some Botany:

Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Austrian Pine cone (Pinus nigra)
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

Conditions are still VERY icy!

Today’s group:


Hi Miles,
Looks like these magpies have outwitted their researchers. 

Magpies remove tracking devices for each other in rare acts of altruism (


 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)

Miles Hearn

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