Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sitta carolinensis


White-breasted Nuthatch waits for a turn at  feeder yesterday.

We have two visiting regularly this winter season, I know from my counting days.

According to Project Feederwatch, the White-breasted Nuthatch’s preferred foods and feeder types are …

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The seed mix I buy from the Agway in Hampton Falls is the Dodge’s Supreme Wild Bird Food, with black oil sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, white millet, safflower, cracked corn, peanut hearts and granite grit.

The nuthatches also like the suet cakes and my homemade suet dough.

Here are all my posts with White-breasted Nuthatches.

Wintry mix


Ice pellets on window glass and birds chirping were this morning’s first noises.

Many birds are taking turns at the feeders, after our first measurable snowfall with a crusty top of sleet and freezing rain.

Juncos, goldfinches, chickadees, titmice, cardinals, downy woodpeckers, nuthatches, mourning doves, and even a bluebird are stuffing themselves with seed and suet.


But I decided to take a closeup look with my camera at just one bird, a Tree Sparrow.

Tree Sparrows are winter visitors. They have come south to us.

In summer, American Tree Sparrows breed near the northern treeline, where straggling thickets of alder, willow, birch, and spruce give way to open tundra. Though some American Tree Sparrows nest in open tundra, most territories include at least a few small trees that the males can sing from, along with a source of water.


Three Tree Sparrows in a rain shower, Ohara Koson.


Nice colors, those sparrowy browns and grays, with some feathers edged in white. Winter landscape bird.

Cute little winter ducks


A pair of Bufflehead spotted from a viewing platform in Awcomin Marsh, Rye this morning.

A buoyant, large-headed duck that abruptly vanishes and resurfaces as it feeds, the tiny Bufflehead spends winters bobbing in bays, estuaries, reservoirs, and lakes. Males are striking black-and white from a distance. A closer look at the head shows glossy green and purple setting off the striking white patch. Females are a subdued gray-brown with a neat white patch on the cheek. Bufflehead nest in old woodpecker holes, particularly those made by Northern Flickers, in the forests of northern North America.

Piece of sky


The Bluebird is a Cut Above all others. He seeks nothing in return for his superior being. For his unique color and personality he ask not for special favors. He appreciates your admiration and thanks you for your help. The fact, that in his world, you cared for him is the only fact that mattered. – Wendell Long, 2005

A bluebird, famous for the scrap of sky
Borne on his back – an indigo so bright
That just a glimpse of his distinctive flight,
All swoop and flurry, captivates the eye …
– George Bradley, “New Yorker”, p. 146, Mar. 19, 2001

The bluebird, instantly winsome to young and old alike and to people of modern and traditional sensibilities alike, is American idealism personified – a flying piece of sky, a living poem, a crystal note, an emblem of nature’s moral conscience. – Stanwyn G Shetler, forward to Larry Zeleny’s The Bluebird, How you can Help Its Fight for Survival, 1975 Bluebird Quotes