Red-breasted Nuthatch

Thursday, October 8, 2020,

This is a Red-breasted Nuthatch. They are not particularly rare but this is the first one that I’ve ever managed to get decent pics of. I’ve been fairly lucky with their cousins, the White-breasted Nuthatches but never with these guys. I was visiting Manor Farm in Huntington when I spied this guy feeding on Sunflower seed heads. Many birds were doing the same, including Chickadees, Cardinals, and Goldfinches. They are all beautiful birds, but I was very happy to have finally captured this handsome fellow. JK.




Palm Warbler

Monday, October 5, 2020,

This Palm Warbler is one the many migrating warblers that are passing through Long Island at this time. As far as I know, this is is the first time I’ve photographed one of these birds. It’s certainly the first time I’ve identified a Palm Warbler. I did not do this alone. In fact, when I first saw this bird, I thought it was a Yellow-rumped Warbler. But when I got home and did some homework with the several excellent online guides that are available, I realized I was mistaken. However, I recalled Mike Farina, the Conservation Biologist at the Marine Nature Study Area telling me that he had seen Palm Warblers that same day. So I looked up Palm Warbler and there it was. Still not quite trusting myself, I sent a pic to one of my birder friends and she confirmed my guess. It’s good to have friends that know stuff. JK.