Gone Nuts

Here we are at the feels like day 2,882 of the Illinois lockdown. All I can say at this point is our political leadership has gone full on batshit crazy. Can barely stomach the news anymore and the next entertainer that thinks I give a crap what they think is going on my “never again” list. Trust me, you do not want to be in the customer facing business and be put on my NA list. Unfortunately new adds these days are already starting on page 52. I was sitting here thinking to myself how nuts this whole thing and one of these specimens flew by the window I was staring out.

White-Breasted Nuthatch found at Chain O' Lakes State Park, Spring Grove, IL April 2017

Now that is a sign if I’ve ever witnessed one. Mid-thought on the pontificating nutjobs and a Nut – a White-Breasted Nuthatch lands in a tree near our porch. Yes Mother Nature that is a perfect metaphor for our current situation. My camera was too far away to bring to bear on our new visitor (that being it was sitting about 30 feet away ha), but I was pretty sure there was a series in the queue that would do fine. Sure enough, with a little digging found a suitable stand-in. Honestly, was a bit surprised to find only one specimen in the queue as just about every common bird in our area has a couple sets just waiting for a chance to be revealed to the world. The only question is how far back do I want to go 1990, 2000, 2010 hehehe. Our lone entry today takes us only back to April, 2017 – a mere 3 years ago which is about when my broke state imposed its lockdown. Ron and I were checking out the inhabitants of Chain O’ Lakes State Park in Spring Grove, IL. A nice park that happens to be relatively halfway between us. Linda runs the kids in dog agility up there so I tag along to do a bit of birding. Always a fun time when Ron can join me, although finding a bird, snapping a shot and then scaring it off before he sees it is getting harder and harder (did I write that out loud ha). In this case, pretty sure he managed to tin this specimen. No gain on the bird count, but still an entertaining little bird (that, for a fact, has never felt obligated to preach to me).

White-Breasted Nuthatch found at Chain O' Lakes State Park, Spring Grove, IL April 2017

Hit the jump to see a few more images of our featured Nutjob.

There are 4 varieties of the Nuthatch that claim residence in the US. I have managed to tin 3 of the 4 up to this point. Of course, the White-Breasted variety seen here, the Brown-Headed came courtesy of Texas (link here) and then the Red-Breasted which was earned from a trip along the Minnesota Lake Superior coastline at

White-Breasted Nuthatch found at Chain O' Lakes State Park, Spring Grove, IL April 2017

White-Breasted Nuthatch found at Chain O' Lakes State Park, Spring Grove, IL April 2017

I tried to find some interesting tidbits for your takeaway benefit and decided the items that were available were not worth your read. Noting that they are aware of one living to be about 10 years old didn’t seem worthy of the 15 minutes you spent reading my ramblings. Hopefully you received some enjoyment of what real Nuts look like out in the wild. Be vigilant everyone, wash your hands, refrain from sucking your fingers or sticking in your eyes and most of all stay positive (as I was positively ecstatic I made it through a 4.5 mile run today… another day, another mile and eventually I’ll be back on schedule).

4 thoughts on “Gone Nuts”

    1. I think you are right B. Linda just has detected an extra bit of angsty and has now rationed my news intake for the next 24 hours… and by ration I mean cut me off completely. Probably for the best and should be back to normal for the next post. Doesn’t help the chiros and physical therapists responsible for putting me back together are pushing my body so hard it takes longer to recover from those sessions than it does to complete the things that caused the injuries to begin with ha. To a better day and appreciate you dropping in between shifts.

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