Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mendon Ponds Park • December 19

Black-capped Chickadee. It was another fun outing feeding the birds by hand along Birdsong Trail! Note the crumbs on the bill of this chickadee from a previous trips to our hands. If you watch birds long enough you will notice a common behavior called "bill wiping". It's just what it sounds like: birds wipe their bills on the nearest perch to help keep them clean and free of debris.

Black-capped Chickadee. Peanuts continued to be preferred over black oil sunflower seeds. However, once the peanuts were gone, the sunflower seeds were just as acceptable!

Brown Creeper. The winter population of these birds are now in evidence in the area. Though these birds love sunflower seeds, they only seem to like them when they are found wedged in the bark of a tree by a chickadee or nuthatch. Notice how even when the bird is dominating the middle of the picture, it is somehow hard to see due to what is called its "cryptic" patterning. The faint cinnamon patch in the center of the back can be seen here. It is usually no visible.

Brown Creeper. These birds are always moving making them difficult photographic subjects.

White-breasted Nuthatch. Today's star of the show! This bird visited frequently, producing several very nice photo-ops.

White-breasted Nuthatch. You can see this bird's tongue if you look closely. (Click the picture for a larger version.)

White-breasted Nuthatch. This is my new desktop.

White-breasted Nuthatch