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Nuthatch Fun At The Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

April 23, 2012

A nuthatch eats a sunflower seed from a person's hand

One of my favorite places to visit and photograph on Boston’s north shore is the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary (IRWS) in Topsfield, Massachusetts. As one of Mass Audubon’s largest sanctuaries, the IRWS encompasses 2,800 acres of diverse habitat and includes eight miles of the Ipswich River.

A wide variety of birds can be found at the sanctuary. As you can see, some are very friendly. On this particular day, a very comfortable nuthatch was quite thrilled to see an offer of black oil sunflower seeds. He made several trips to this outstretched hand, pausing each time for some appreciative eye contact. He wasn’t the only treat seeker that day. Black-capped chickadees also shared in the feast, each politely waiting his or her turn on a nearby tree branch.

Feeding the birds was just the beginning of an exciting day. With 12 miles of trails winding through the woods, fields and marshes, there was so much more to see and do.

Click here to see what else I found and enjoyed at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 70-200 mm
Exif Data:  ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec.

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