Fall migration continues, and although we’re not seeing a lot of warblers, we are getting a nice variety of sparrows, finches, and even pine siskins, which we haven’t seen in years and years.
One of my all-time favorites are the red-breasted nuthatches (RBNU), and we finally caught this one a few days ago. The RBNUs nested in the pines along one of the ponds, causing a bit of excitement for the World Series of Birding team that came through in the spring.
Like their cousins, the white-breasted nuthatch (WBNU), the RBNUs are year-round birds. They are smaller than the WBNUs, and I think, a little more outspoken.
Isn’t he just the cutest thing?
I’m loving my new cabin in the woods. It’s only 20 minutes from the bird observatory, in a small and protected cluster of about 20 homes that are each on 2-acre lots. There is a family of white-tailed deer that live here, safe from hunters and I suspect, fed by someone.
Yesterday when I got home, one of the deer was at the top of the driveway, and it actually ran down to the back door to watch me get out of the car and go into the house.
Today, as I worked in the office here and roamed around the house looking out the windows, I noticed three deer bedded down under the pines, about 10 feet out my bedroom window. That shows how comfortable they are here – otherwise they wouldn’t be bedding down next to the house!
Life is lonely without Boomer – but good.