|Fire & Ice: A Valentines Day Sunrise |
glinting off icicles hanging
off the eves of our front porch,
Rockford, IL; 2/14/10.
With Spring arriving and winter in its last gasps, I am in the midst of a series of posts saying goodbye to our winter visitors of the bird world. Many people who don't care for winter often miss out on the natural beauty that is created by what cold weather has to offer, such as the morning sunlight reflecting off the icicles of our front porch (Left), and of course, the many birds that migrate to our area for the winter - which call Northern Illinois their winter home.
You may refer to my post on 3/19/11 (with link below) to find a list of these birds:
Another bird is frequently seen in our area during the winter is the Red-breasted Nuthatch (below). This little bird, which only grows to 4 1/2 " in length spends its summers in Canada and Alaska, but migrates south to the warmer climates of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and actually much of the contiguous U.S. It's very rare that it will be found as far south as Florida, the southern tips of Texas, California or Arizona. However, these hardy little guys can be found year round in the mountainous regions of the Rockies and Appalachians as well as the northern sections of the Great Lakes and both the Northeast and Northwest States where the climate does not get too hot. They can also be found year round in the southern section of Alaska.
|A Red-breasted Nuthatch feeding on a Suet cake in our backyard, Rockford, IL; 1/5/11.|
|A Red-breasted Nuthatch looking for the perfect seed, Rockford, IL; 2/3/11.|
|A White-breasted Nuthatch, Rockford, IL;11/29/09.|
|A White-breasted Nuthatch, Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 9/4/10.|