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spotted nutcracker (siberian)

  1. On a rare trip to town - 2

    On a rare trip to town - 2

    The red background in the other shot is the side of an old farmhouse, currently a pre-school. Or maybe it was the side of the boat shed just across the path from the pre-school. Both picturesquely located between a popular beach and a patch of woods.
  2. They're ba-a-ack!

    They're ba-a-ack!

    and their numbers are growing. It's July, so after today's blood tests at the hospital, I decided to check the nearby cemetery to see if the Spotted Nutcrackers had arrived from up in the woods to harvest Sembra Pine nuts downtown. They had. With the help of the lawn quieting my steps, a couple...
  3. Late harvest

    Late harvest

    On my way home, I noticed this Spotted Nutcracker, busy picking seeds out of one of the last pine cones from a small tree near the radio tower.
  4. Dignity - 3

    Dignity - 3

    Even an outsized schnozz and polkadot shirt don't seem to be a problem when it comes to maintaining dignity - not even when standing on a tombstone. (and my hat-tip to the preservation of other folks' dignity is that I don't include inscriptions when photographing a bird posing on a tombstone)
  5. If you're gonna

    If you're gonna

    point that thing at me, then I'm outta here. Well, not in so many words, but actions speak louder than words, right? I got two shots of this Nutcracker working on the cone, then he looked at me, picked up the cone, and flew to a tree with better cover. Note, btw, the bulging crop. Not yet full...
  6. Was that all?

    Was that all?

    I'm still huuungry! I really feel for their parents. I can barely keep my feeders filled these days. Just now I have a flock of 70 House Sparrows at the feeders (+ Greenfinches, Siskins, Blue Tits, Great Tits, a Nuthatch, a Redpoll, a Magpie ... and a Chiffchaff was debugging the shrubs earlier...
  7. OK! Shut up and eat!

    OK! Shut up and eat!

    Parent stuffing a pine nut down the chick's throat. And yes, Delia, this was at the first cemetery we went to on your Nutcracker quest. I think you got a better sot at the one by the hospital, but you saw your first ones up here at Moholt, about 10 blocks from our house.
  8. Another mother

    Another mother

    or father. This was one of the days I managed to see Spotted Nutcrackers feeding youngsters in the trees. Not this shot, though. You can just barely see the youngster's spots on the left, but I couldn't find a window through the branches that gave me a clear shot.