White-breasted Nuthatch stops for a visit

This summer, as I watch to see which birds are regular neighbors, I have noticed that the Red-breasted Nuthatches are here every day – but I have not seen any White-breasted Nuthatches at all.  Today a flash of white caught my eye through the window and – yes!  There was a handsome White-breasted Nutty poking around my bushes and checking out my feeder.  I grabbed my camera and snuck outside and only managed to get a quick shot before he was gone – but it’s still exciting to know it’s possible to see them in my yard.

White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
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Feathers on Friday: Common Raven in my ‘hood

I see Crows quite often in my neighborhood but seeing a Raven is much more rare.  Today I heard one calling loudly and there’s no mistaking that gutteral sound… a Raven!

I found him on a neighboring rooftop and snapped a photo.  One more for my Yard List this year :)

Common Raven on the Roof
Common Raven on the Roof

More Feathers on Friday Posts:

Prairie Birder

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Brrrrr! An Early Snow

Well, after the cold rainy days – we had a brief snow overnight… the weather here is always changing so it won’t last, but still it’s no picnic to wake up to.  I headed outside around ten to do the usual bird watching and hoping to see the Catbird again.

Let’s see who was out and about…

Chilly Little Sparrow - wishing away the snow
Chilly Little Sparrow – wishing away the snow
Cold Little Finch on the Snow-Covered Feeder
Cold Little Finch on the Snow-Covered Feeder
Male House Sparrow peeking around the tree
Male House Sparrow peeking around the tree
Sweet little pair
Sweet little pair

 

And aha! I see the Catbird again, and this time he’s having lunch in my tree :)

Grey Catbird having lunch
Grey Catbird having lunch

After lunch he hopped over to the Mayday tree where I was able to take a couple more pictures through the branches.  He’s such a beautiful bird.

The elusive Catbird is back!
The elusive Catbird is back!
House Sparrow fluffing up and keeping warm
House Sparrow fluffing up and keeping warm
Squirrel keeping watch..
Squirrel keeping watch..
Grey Catbird in the Mayday Tree
Grey Catbird in the Mayday Tree
Grey Catbird
Grey Catbird

 

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American Redstart: It’s a Lifer!

This is the first American Redstart I’ve ever seen and positively identified :)  It’s an interesting name that matches the male bird perfectly but the female or juveniles? Not so much!

I wish I could have taken a video of the way it flew from tree to tree – showing off her tail… probably the prettiest small bird flight I’ve seen.  I love my backyard. Blessed.

American Redstart (female or Juvie)
American Redstart (female or juvie)
American Redstart (juvenile)
American Redstart (juvenile)
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