Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Red-breasted Nuthatch

The Red-breasted Nuthatch (Scientific Name - Sitta canadensis) is a small bird found throughout most of North America as far north as the southern part of the Yukon and Northwest Territories of Canada.They are found in wooded areas and stick to tree trunks and branches as they forage for insects. They have long pointed bills, short tails and almost no neck. They have blue-grey backs and rusty underparts. The head is distinct with a black cap and stripe through the eye and a white stripe above the eye. Photos taken in Abbotsford, British Columbia in December 2014 (at feeder) and at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, British Columbia in October 2015.

Common Yellowthroat

The Common Yellowthroat (scientific name - Geothlypis trichas) is a small warbler that is found throughout North America as far north as the Yukon Territory in Canada. The males have a distinctive black mask and a bright yellow throat. The females of the species do not have the mask and are more brown than the males, although they do have a bit of a yellow throat. The birds in the western part of North America have a more yellow belly than their eastern counterparts.  These birds winter as far south as Central America and some can be found year round in parts of Mexico and Florida. They like to frequent tangled vegetation often near marshes and wetlands. Photos taken in Chilliwack, B.C. at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in October 2015 and May 2016(top).