Nuthatch Babies!

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.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Talking to the chicks in the nest.

White-breasted Nuthatch

A morsel for hungry chicks.

White-breasted Nuthatch

A morsel for hungry babies, another view.

White-breasted Nuthatch

One parent goes into the nest …

White-breasted Nuthatch,

… and emerges from the nest carrying a fecal sac for disposal.

White-breasted Nuthatch

The parents work hard all afternoon, hunting to feed their chicks.

A Western Wood-Pewee watched from a nearby tree.

Western Wood-Pewee

A Western Wood-Pewee keeps its eye on the scene.

White-breasted Nuthatch

A nuthatch parent returns to the nest with more food for the chicks.

For the first time we get a glimpse of one of the chicks.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch parent and chick.

White-breasted Nuthatch

The parent emerges with more waste.

This tiny, still-blind, chick was not ready for the parent to leave, and noisily demanded more food.

White-breasted Nuthatch

Tiny, blind nuthatch chick.

It called for the parents while they hunted …

White-breasted Nuthatch

The tiny chick continues to call for the parents.

… and was joined by a second chick.

White-breasted Nuthatch

We were finally able to see two chicks. Wonder if there are more?

What good nuthatch parents!

White-breasted Nuthatch

A good nuthatch parent!

I hope I can go back to take more photos when the chicks are a bit bigger!

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20 responses to “Nuthatch Babies!

  1. Wonderful series Linda! They must have been a delight to watch :-)

  2. Wonderful series!!! Great job! I can’t imagine how tiny those babies must be!

  3. cindy

    Totally wonderful Linda! Gave me goosebumps..or should that be nut hatches lol! Great..

  4. simply amazing photographs Linda – how exciting, Just wonderful.

  5. Fantastic photo series Linda! Love the young ones screaming for mama.

  6. We’ve been watching hatching babies everywhere here in South Texas too, Linda and it’s just such a thrill. I did so enjoy this series. Well done!

  7. Those are great, amazing photos, Linda. How lucky you are to have such great friends that you can spend the time in their yard to get such results.

    Bob

  8. What an awesome series Linda! You got some AMAZING captures!!

  9. What a wonderful post, and I just love that bird house!

  10. Donna M. Simonetti

    What awesome photos & a nice way to spend with friends.

  11. Thank you all for your kind comments. It was such fun watching the parents and the tiny chicks!

  12. Lovely pictures, Linda! As was the awesome company :-)

    • Thanks Mar! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the photos. Thought the doggie and kitty photos were pretty cute too. :) I have some photos of Eric, and one of them is pretty good if you’d like to see it. It was wonderful to see you and Eric again. :)

  13. Cynthia White

    You are so lucky to have taken these wonderful pics -just love the babies:)

  14. Fantastic series! What a wonderful experience for you! I’ve never seen Nuthatch babies before. Awesome sequence of photos! Love it!

  15. Thanks Cynthia and Julie. It was totally wonderful to see the tiny nuthatch chicks and their hard-working parents. I did feel fortunate to be there and to see them. :)

  16. Great stuff – saw a Pygmy Nuthatch nest box in Estes CO.

  17. What a super fun event!! Congratulations, Linda!! You captured such a cool series of photos documenting your visit!!

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