sitta (a nuthatch) canadensis (of Canada)
Thursday, December 27, 1979 — 9:30 am
McNaughton, Wisconsin — Fort Wilderness Road
I went out by myself to look for birds, and particularly for this bird. During the summer of 1978, when I worked for Dad landscaping his yard, I spotted a Red-breasted Nuthatch in a tree by the septic field. I was just getting interested in birds then, although I hadn’t started listing. I followed it around for a while and managed to get a good enough look that I was able to find it in a field guild later. But I still hadn’t seen one since I started listing, and that was my quest.
The road to Fort Wilderness cuts through woods about a quarter mile from Mom and Dad’s house, on the other side of the Trepte property. Along the road is a depression filled with small evergreens. I spotted the nuthatch in amongst these trees in company with a handful of chickadees. As I watched them, Ken wandered up and watched with me.