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Friday, February 26, 2021

Red-breasted Nuthatches have reached the Gulf Coast!

 Cute Red-breasted Nuthatches are still at my feeders in SW NH. Even though they can breed in NH, I saw an influx here in late summer. Red-breasted Nuthatches are part of this big "irruptive" year, especially for finches, that's going on now caused by food shortages in northern areas. Many Red-breasted Nuthatches have moved out of their year round range down to the far southern edges of their non-breeding range, as shown in light purple on this eBird map for Feb. Make sure and submit your eBird reports for this species, so more can be learned about the distribution of this little nuthatch.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Bald Eagle Attacked by Red-shouldered Hawk

Several years ago this young Bald Eagle (2nd yr.) was sitting in a large tree near our Sanibel, FL backyard, minding its own business.

When all of a sudden this Red-shouldered Hawk flies right at it, and the Bald Eagle opens its wings

and decides to get out of there. The Red-shouldered Hawk is about to attack it.

Looks like a mid-air collision. The Bald Eagle continued to fly off and the Red-shouldered Hawk left. This Red-shouldered Hawk is nesting near where the eagle was sitting and it decided it was not going to tolerate the eagle, at least not today. Lucky I had my camera nearby.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Indigo Bunting Cheeriness

Bright cheeriness helps on a gray, icy, day here in NH. Beautiful birds can lift your spirits. Indigo Bunting, male.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Nature is Healing

Sometimes when life is full of difficult times, as we are in now, it's just good to focus on the wonderful things in nature. This Snowy Egret may be portraying how some of you feel and just want to escape to the peacefulness of the sleeping White Pelicans, with one eye always watching. Nature is healing. Embrace it.

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Northern Harriers still here!

Northern Harriers are still here, I saw one here several days ago (adult male "gray ghost") rare for my area of NH, but harriers are still being reported from coastal areas. (My photos are of female in center, and young birds, from my book, Stokes Essential Pocket Guide to Birds)