Sep 122015
 

Here is a sequence of photos of a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches that nested this summer  in our backyard bluebird box (two compartments). The pictures include feeding the chicks and the nest box after the chicks fledged on July 20, 2015. A beautiful experience. Unfortunately they fledged when we were away, so I didn’t get to see them. I figured there were at least 3-4 chicks from sounds in the box.

Mike Barker, Algonquin Blvd, Peterborough

empty box used by White-breasted Nuthatches - Mike Barker

empty box after chicks  fledged. Note lack of nesting material – Mike Barker

WBNU 4 - Mike Barker

feeding chick – Mike Barker

White-breasted Nuthatch

WBNU 1 - Mike Barker

pair of White-breasted Nuthatches at box – Mike Barker

Jun 082015
 

Here’s some action in our backyard. We have a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches nesting in the bluebird box…very interesting to watch the courtship displays and how they react to other animals. Beautiful Canadian Tiger Swallowtails, too.

Mike Barker, Algonquin Blvd

White-breasted Nuthatches at nesting box - Mike Barker

White-breasted Nuthatches at nesting box – Mike Barker

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail on Dame's Rocket bloom - Mike Barker

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail on Dame’s Rocket bloom – Mike Barker