Pygmy Nuthatch Feeding Young Photograph
Photo by Greg Clark
Here one of the adults is feeding a green larvae to one of the baby birds. Note that the baby getting the bug is "upside down". In 1995 some of the pine forest burned in Antelope Valley in the Sierra Nevada. Some birds, especially cavity nesters, benefit from the burned trees left in place. See how the bark on the tree is black. Burned trees provide hollow spaces for cavities and eventually they fall to the ground, providing more homes for small mammals, insects, and foraging locations for birds. When the tree is completely gone it has become part of the organic content in the soil. Part of the ecosystem that produces the conditions for new trees to take root, grow, and produce new homes for birds.
Photo by Greg Clark, June 2004
Copyright Greg Clark, 2004