This past Saturday afternoon I met some friends for pizza and beer on the east side of the Sandia mountains. It’s fun to spend time with friends whom you have originally met online and later meet in person. These friends–Rich, Gin, Marlita, Eric and Wendy–are even nicer and more fun in person than they are online. After we finished our lunch, Rich and Gin invited us to their lovely place in a rural residential area. Their garden area reminded me of the birding venues in Arizona where people open their homes to birders and allow them to sit in their yards and gardens to photograph birds. The major attraction for me was a large gourd containing a White-breasted Nuthatch nest.
Both parents were very diligent in attending to the nest. We could hear that there were chicks in the nest, but we were not able to see into the gourd. We were really anxious to get a look at the chicks.
A Western Wood-Pewee watched from a nearby tree.
For the first time we get a glimpse of one of the chicks.
This tiny, still-blind, chick was not ready for the parent to leave, and noisily demanded more food.
It called for the parents while they hunted …
… and was joined by a second chick.
What good nuthatch parents!
I hope I can go back to take more photos when the chicks are a bit bigger!