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)
Llama
Peacock (male)
Emu
Peacock (female)
West Highland Cattle
Reindeer
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:

MAILBOX

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

Magpies remove tracking devices for each other in rare acts of altruism (newatlas.com)

NATURE POETRY

 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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