These birds LOVE Evelyn’s flowers!

8 November, 2020 These birds LOVE Evelyn’s flowers! 

Or in this case, beautyberries: 

Red-breasted nuthatch on a beautyberry in our front yard! Thank you Evelyn!

I took that picture a little after 3:00 Monday afternoon. It’s a good thing I did – I haven’t gotten tons of other images this week!

That gorgeous little bird is a Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis), the first I’ve ever seen! I’ve seen White-breasted nuthatches since I knew what a nuthatch was, e.g. the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. They’re outside my window all the time. I began to see Brown-headed nuthatches here last  year or the year before. The first time I ever knew such a bird existed. When I clicked on the picture at the top of this page on Monday afternoon, it was another nuthatch first for me! And what a treat! 

Speaking of treats. This week’s post is going to be short, and I hope sweet. To that end, I saw a blooming gardenia on Tuesday! It’s a little faded, but that was the time of day – I guarantee if I’d been there around noon it would have been glorious. And it still smelled glorious! I had no idea a gardenia could bloom in November: 

A gardenia! In November! A but rough because it was 5:00 PM, but wow. November!

I saw a male Pileated Woodpecker working industriously (he gave that impression, anyway) in a big sycamore at Pony Pasture this morning. I couldn’t talk the light into shining just the way I wanted, but he’s a good looking guy on a good looking tree. You can tell he’s a male by the red patch just behind his bill, directly below his eye. Females have an unbroken black line there: 

Male pileated woodpecker, I suspect young. He had that adolescent vibe.

Yuki was off visiting some other region of our fair state this morning; it was just Mackey and Turner and me (and that woodpecker, and a few other people and dogs and birds) at Pony Pasture this morning. Yuki’s loss – he missed a pretty morning!: 

Good looking boys on a good looking morning

Our gardenias have slowed down with the short autumn days, but Ev still has these gorgeous pansies blooming. I took this picture this afternoon: 

BRIGHT purple November pansy – from today!

Just on the other side of the stoop – I can almost take these two pictures without moving – she’s growing “violas.” Members of the violet family I’m pretty sure. But very bright! Violas: 

Violas – could those possibly be any more cheerful?

The moon was still clear in the sky when we were on our way back from the river. This is a “waning crescent” moon – it’s getting smaller. Always if it’s light on the left like this, it’s a waning moon. It looked pretty in the sky:

Moon before noon:

Here’s some info about it: 

Info about that moon from a great app called “Sun Surveyor.” That moon will disappear in about a week, rain or shine

Aha – another picture I took today. When Mackey and Turner and I were coming home from the river. I know I post a lot of pictures of hawks, but this one is a beautiful example of how “Red-tailed hawks” got their name. This is a male. I took this at 10:50 this morning: 

“How the Red-tail got its name”

Stretched this blog post out too much! I have to get to bed! 

Have a great week, 

Jay

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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2 Responses to These birds LOVE Evelyn’s flowers!

  1. Gilpin Brown says:

    Jay, I just LOVE the photo of the nuthatch. The composition, color and lighting are stunning.

    And the lighting on the red tail with the blue sky are wonderful too.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. M.B. Henry says:

    That purple pansy is fantastic 🙂 Love the moon shot too!

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