Last weekend while hiking, I came upon some benches that had walnuts on them. I did not put them there. Feeding the wildlife is prohibited in the Cook County Forest Preserves, it’s a definite no-no. But boy did I get to see some up close birds!
My favorite of the bunch: white-breasted nuthatch.
Hey…Look at me when I’m talking to you. Ha ha.
This male downy woodpecker wasted no time fleeing from the scene.
Chickadee-dee-dee-out-of-here! Isn’t that what they say?
Be nice gals, there is enough to share. One female downy woodpecker (bottom right) and one white breasted nuthatch (top right).
Here is a close up of the white-breasted nuthatch. This bird is so tiny, maybe a whole 5 inches. I love this picture because I can see the pink inside his beak. The nuthatch makes a funny, short, deep, beep beep beep sound…it reminds me of being at a carnival standing next to the toddler car ride that goes round and round and all the little tikes are beeping their car horns.
I was very excited to study these woodland birds. Maybe soon we will make a painting!