Category Archives: Bird

Last 2 Days of Open Studios This Weekend

The White-breasted Nuthatch is a regular visitor to my birdfeaders.  Mine prefer suet cakes but also devour the seed logs.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch-Conservation status:  Least Concern

I’ve learned to identify their gentle peep, although they can be quite noisy throughout the day. I don’t think I’ve seen any other bird head straight down the trunk of an oak like the nuthatch.

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Open Studios will Fly By in 4 days

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

According to the Cornel Lab of Ornithology, the Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of America since 1782.  At one point these impressive birds were endangered by hunting and pesticides, but now maintain a conservation status Species of Least Concern due to protection.

I was thrilled to see Bald Eagles on a daily basis on our sailing trips in the Canadian Pacific Northwest, but there are still habitat issues.  A bald eagle nest can weigh up to two tons and requires a very strong, preferably old growth tree to support it.  Logging continues to threaten eagle nesting sites.

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Bald Eagles at Port McNeil, Vancouver Island.

Meet Ann Nunziata during Open Studios Napa Valley, studio #33, 625 Randolph Street, Downtown Napa
Saturday 10-5pm; Sunday 11-5pm.

 

Anna’s Hummingbird

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Did you know that our Anna’s hummingbird, native to the west coat of North America, was named for Anna Massena, Duchess of Rivoli?*  Anna was the first lady in waiting to Empress Eugenie of France for most of the 1800’s.

In the early 20th century, the Anna’s hummingbirds only bred in the regions of Baja and Southern California, but due to the introduction of exotic ornamentals throughout the world, their range has expanded.  Some birds have been seen as far east as Newfoundland.

The Anna’s hummingbird population is a Species of Least Concern, but that doesn’t mean you should take a sighting of these precious birds for granted.  The Audubon Society has scientific models that indicate climate change will cause the habitat these birds rely upon will “shrink or move or both.”**

You can make a difference by providing habitat for them in your own backyard.

*Wikipedia
**Hummingbirds and Climate Change, Napa-Audubon Society

4 Days Until Napa Valley Open Studios!

Open Studios Napa Valley 2017

Important dates: September 16-17, 22-23

Open Studios is only 6 weeks away!

This year I am exhibiting at venue #33 with Kathy Tranmer. We are trying a new location more central to downtown Napa. Our exhibits are located in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church. The parking is located on 5th street just as it meets up with Randolph St.

You can find more information and directions to all the artist venues at the Open Studios website, here. I'm also responsible for editing the website information, so let me know if there are any errors or anything is unclear.

My husband and I are currently sailing in Desolation Sound, British Columbia.
See you in September!

White-Breasted Nuthatch

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White-breasted Nuthatch, watercolor batik

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The largest nuthatch, so named for the habit of jamming an acorn into a tree and then whacking it with its bill to “hatch” out the nut.  A frequent visitor to my feeder.  I enjoy the soft peep or yink call in the oak trees above my head that signals to me they are nearby foraging for food.  A visitor to my art display pointed out this is one of the few birds that will go down a tree head first.