26 October 2010 – Grasshopper Sparrow and Red-breated Nuthatch

The nuthatch (female, apparent AHY) had already been hit by ants about the head, so I left her in place to check on scavenging rate. This is the 2nd nuthatch I’ve found in the past week or so (but the first I’ve recorded at the Noble Research Center), and it might portend a big influx this winter. Check out the winter range of this species:

The sparrow (AHY-U, fat = 3) was another beautiful, fat, healthy victim of its own sensory perception being unable to detect a barrier of glass.