Patience is a virtue...........
I first noticed Nuthatch in the garden during the last weeks of Summer. I have been stalking them ever since. To get an image has been virtually impossible, that is until today.
Dressed in a green jumper, skinny jeans and a green bobble hat I sat amongst the vegetation. This is not a good look I hasten to add. Raindrops dripping down the back of my neck, I sat for twenty minutes. My limbs aching I was about to give up when the Nuthatch returned. I managed to get a few images...............not perfect but at least you can see the bird on the feeder.
It is great to have Nuthatch in the garden. The pair are with a group of Blue and Great Tits.
I am hoping when Spring arrives they will choose to stay in the garden and breed.
Your patience paid off. How lovely, they visit our garden infrequently but we are always excited when they do. On Sunday we saw small birds at the waters edge - husband quickly whipped his bins up to discover they were Pippits, not sure whether they were Meadow or Water - to be honest I wouldn't be able to tell the difference but he has been a bird watcher since he was a young child - I can only identify the more common birds.ReplyDelete
Nuthatch are so pretty.....I cannot tell you how thrilled I am they are using the garden:)Delete
Wonderful to see Pipits ..........I have never seen them in the wild.
I would not be able to distinguish between them, they are very similar.
I would just be thrilled to see them.
I love the nuthatches. The White-breasted ones are year-round visitors and we see the little Red-breasted ones during migration. Oh, I am so smiling at the thought of you dressed as a green fairy among the vegetation. And the rain. For so long.ReplyDelete
I am so pleased to have got an image......I so love these little birds.Delete
I wouldn't mind if I looked like a fairy....sadly I did not, more like a bedraggled imp :)
Very well done Cheryl ... the camouflage and patience obviously paid off.ReplyDelete
I hope you get lots more visits from this colourful species.
Thank you Frank.........I was determined to get an image. So frustrating when beautiful birds visit the garden and I am not able to photograph them because they are so skittish.Delete
P.s. I thought of your recent post about your Aconite plant - did you read about that gardener who died from Aconite poisoning - shocking. Do be careful won't you.ReplyDelete
I did read it Elaine but thank you for being so kind to come and tell me about it.Delete
It is frightening.....but believe me when I say I have great respect for toxic plants.
I always wear long sleeves and thick gloves when pruning etc.
Gardens are dangerous places in more ways that one.
How exciting. You are a tough cookie. Good for you waiting out the little nut eater. He/she is cute as a button. It looks the same as our Red-breasted nuthatches. They only come here during winter if at all. Our regular feeder nuthatch is the White-breasted nuthatch. I hope you don't become ill from getting chilled in the dampness. I keep forgetting to tell you that I love the header photo. My cyclamens didn't show up last year. I thought it might have been because they were drought stricken. This year was a perfect year for them but they must have given up. This makes me sad. I think it is just too hot and dry here for them.ReplyDelete
Lisa It was worth it to get a photograph for you. I know how much you love them.Delete
I was cold, I must say but I am sure I will be fine.
It is sad about your cyclamen, they are such a pretty addition to the Autumn/Winter garden.
Tku re header
Well done Cheryl.. great photos :o) xReplyDelete
Thank you JulieDelete
I could not help laughing when I read you were sitting among the vegetation totally in green waiting for the nuthatch, but your patience is rewarded, the nuthatch is a wonderful little bird, great pictures.ReplyDelete
I confess I felt rather foolish but fortunately I do not have any neighbours close enough to see me :)Delete
Great to have one in your garden, it's the first bird I hear calling in spring at the park... so one of my favourite birds.ReplyDelete
I have heard them calling in the garden for a few months. Seeing them and getting an image has been difficult. At last, now I have them on my blog for reference.Delete
The lengths we go to for a photo. Do you know, I've never seen a nuthatch. Let's hope they hang around to give you many more photo opportunities.ReplyDelete
Indeed Jo....I am getting to old for hiding in bushes, in the rain :)Delete
They are lovely little birds, I am thrilled to have them in the garden. I am determined, should they stay, to get a better image.
Cheryl, I so admire your patience; I am glad it paid for you. I have probably sat for 20 minutes waiting for a hummingbird to appear for a photo--but I was sitting comfortably on my porch swing:) We often have nuthatches in the winter, but I have never noticed them at other times of the year.ReplyDelete
We too have nuthatches - mostly in winter. There are so many trees in my backyard and yesterday I saw a pileated woodpecker.ReplyDelete
How cold and damp you must have been! I'm stifling a giggle, thinking of you dressed as a soggy Christmas elf, camera in hand, coaxing the little bird to please, please come to the feeder so I can take your pic! Hurry-up, before I catch cold! LOL. Just teasing you, Cheryl. I've practically stood on my head sometimes to capture froggie pics, or made the silliest faces to make the grand-kids laugh.
So pleased the little guy cooperated - your patience was rewarded. Now, time for a cup of hot tea!