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Raptor Wednesday

This linden tree sported a male American Kestrel in 2017 and 2018, too. Now here’s… another? He’s facing the low winter sun. That makes for good photographs, but also gives his potential prey a good view of him.You’d think he’d want to come out of the sun, but that might throw his shadow ahead of him.So the above pictures were taken a few weeks ago. Raptor Wednesday is usually running behind this time of year. But I always check this spot when I’m near by, and most times I see nothing. But just yesterday, for the first time since the above:Here he was again.(I mean, I think it’s the same bird.)

Mammal Monday

There’s not much cover in Green-Wood this time of year.

Yew Said It

This large yew in Green-Wood was overflowing with seeds, above and below.There was no evidence of anybody eating them, however.On the other side of the cemetery, meanwhile, a Red-breasted Nuthatch has been eating from a cluster of two other yews the last three times I passed by.

Or so I assume it’s the same bird. Why leave as long as there’s food?

Nuthatchery

There have been a lot of White-breasted Nuthatches in Green-Wood this winter.Since they’re so vocal, I’ve heard them throughout my forays there.And when more than one of these things starts calling — three in a single tree, say — they make an astonishing radio-interferrance mess of noise.Yes, the White-breasted is a bit red in the vent.But there should be no mistaking the belly versus vent. Red-breasted are in the distinct minority here, but one or two may be spotted on a walk. This one is going to take down a maple samara, no problem.

Raptor Wednesday

We interrupt our week of small birds with an eater of small birds: a Merlin. In this case, though, this small falcon was being harried by Blue Jays.Which meant lots of noise, almost all of it from the screeching jays.

Red-breasted Nuthatch Day

Very determined is this bird. The typical procedure is to score a seed from some thick evergreen, fly it to a nearby deciduous tree with ample branches and gnarly bark, and attack!Then repeat.But you know what else is important?Water.Happy New Year.

Red-breasted Nuthatch Eve

If you look closely and follow a line extending from the sharp bill of this Red-breasted Nuthatch, you’ll see a dark round seed, just a tad larger than the bird’s eye, hatched into a crevice of bark.Whack goes the chisel-bill!


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