Winter storms have kept us inside, so I’ve put out the winter feeders to help these little creatures weather the recent high winds and deep snow.
All sorts of birds have come, but now have to battle the starlings that recently showed up too. Yes, I know starlings have to eat also, but really! This little nuthatch, though, seems to have the tree all to himself as he walks often upside down, sideways, and then changes directions while creeping and moving all around the limb picking at it. He doesn’t have to battle too much the other birds at the feeders, though he and his mate still joins the black-capped chickadees and tufted titmouse at the feeder. Little lucky birds!
The small (about 5 and 3.4 inches) white-breasted nuthatch are usually found in pairs year round and are common in eastern North America, most often near open forests with oak or pine trees.
Sorry, this snake is unidentified as I didn’t want to misidentify it. Besides, I didn’t hang around long enough to ask him his name. If you can identify, please put in comments. Thank you.
Mallard: (Anas platyrhynchos), Female
“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.” – Saul Bellow
Moth or Butterfly, which is it? What are the differences? Butterflies tend to fly during the day, while moths are more creatures of the night. Butterflies also have slender antennas usually with knobs on the ends. So why am I confused, besides that I couldn’t find it in my trusty Field Guide to Butterflies? Well, butterflies also tend to have more slender bodies, while this one clearly is thick. It was on the lavender during the day. I appears to have butterfly antennas. Stumped by lovely nature again! So butterfly or moth?
Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly on Purple Cone Flower