White-Breasted Nuthatch

Monday, January 16, 2017,

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These pics were taken in November at Sweetbriar. I am almost always behind in posting my pics. In fact, I still have some summer pics that are still waiting to be posted.

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This handsome devil is a White-breasted Nuthatch. Besides their looks and their rather nasal call, Nuthatches have another distinguishing feature. They have the curious habit of working their way down a tree in their search for insects. Most other birds work their way up trees. Nuthatches are individualists. Plus sometimes they make for some cool pics. JK

Black Swallowtail

Wednesday, September 14, 2016,

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Here’s a shot I took at Sweetbriar Nature Center at the end of July. Sweetbriar, located in Smithtown, has its own Butterfly House but this Black Swallowtail is not a tenant there. Instead, this is a free-range butterfly, one Long Island’s indigenous treasures. I found it atop this Milkweed flower while I was walking through one of the open fields at Sweetbriar. The Butterfly House has many very cool specimens but to find this beauty all you may need to do is look in your back yard. JK