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I love Chickadees. Everywhere you go around Ottawa, there are Black-capped Chickadees looking to be fed and most of them are used to being hand fed. If you walk along any hiking path and hold up a handful of bird seed. More often than not the chickadees will find you. This chickadee is taking a pit stop before taking a turn at the bird feeder.
White-breasted Nuthatches are also a favourite of mine. I love the way they more their body in a such distinctive way. They get their name from their habit of jamming large nuts and acorns into tree bark, then whacking them with their sharp bill to “hatch” out the seed from the inside. This picture is cropped and he was a little far away for my 70 – 300mm lens. Hopefully in the future, I can get a better close-up.
This is a male House Finch. Adult males are rosy red around the face and upper breast. As usual, in nature the female has no red and is a plain greyish brown.
This is a Dark-eyed Junco. This bird is new to me. Apparently, Juncos are birds of the ground. They hop around the bases of trees and shrubs in forests or venture out onto lawns looking for fallen seeds. I was lucky to catch this one as it perched on the branch of this bush located under my bird feeder. Remember click the image to enlarge for better viewing.