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"Sunday Song" (White-breasted Nuthatch, Male) Nikon D300, F/6.7, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), 1/250s, +0.3EV, ISO 400

Today is my mom’s birthday and this little nuthatch is singing just for her!  
Let’s all join in the chorus!

Happy Birthday to you!  

Happy Birthday to you!  

Happy Birthday,  

dear Mom-om,  



Hugs & Kisses, Mom!  

I love you! 😀 



  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Love his little song. Love you more.

  2. hope your mom had a great day!

  3. Really nice shot Tracy and you make it look easy…which it isn’t btw.

  4. What a nice way to send a birthday greetings. Nuthatches convey such fun and happiness when watched. I hope your Mom had the same kind of day.

    • Thanks much, Scott! All day yesterday, I was just waiting for something to happen that would be appropriate to do such a post. I wasn’t even photographing the nuthatch but, when I saw the bird, I decided to follow it (quick little sucker!) The minute I saw this composition through my viewfinder, I knew I had something. And then, the bird opened its mouth! I think at that moment I spoke an audible ‘YES!” and even my husband commented, “well, you seem pretty pleased with yourself.” I was! LOVE moments like that! 🙂 And to be able to post it for my mom, well, that was the proverbial icing on the cake!

  5. Happy (belated) Birthday to your mom! 🙂
    This really is a nice shot.

  6. Who needs illegal drugs when you have a camera, right? 🙂 The natural high you get when you know you nailed the shot is the best kind of high I know!hmmmm…..actually it’s the only kind of high I know……..:)
    Glad you got the perfect shot for your Mom, and I hope she had a wonderful day!

    • I am SO with you Carol! (However, if they ever make champagne and vodka illegal I am in trouble.) 😉

      Thank you, Carol! Much appreciated! 🙂

  7. happy birthday mom! love those ucla colors in the bokeh back there! beautiful yellow.

    • Ha! Only YOU would come to that conclusion as a good California boy should! Thanks, Stephen! 🙂

      • the title just registered in my mind. is this an intentional “office” reference? i sure hope so.

      • Sorry, Stephen, I’m not that relevant (and not an ‘office’ fan, I’m afraid, well, at least not the American version). It was simply my attempt at being somewhat clever! 🙂

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