I was so happy to have a couple Red-breasted Nuthatches return to my yard after a long absence. These energetic little nuthatches had been daily regulars in my yard thanks to an abundance of the coniferous habitat they prefer.
But sadly they had been conspicuous by their absence for many months. I recorded one Red-breasted Nuthatch on December 27, 2011 during a Project FeederWatch count but none since.
Many factors may have caused its temporary absence, from weather to food supplies to mortality and predation. But the mystery of my missing nuthatches will remain unsolved.
It's nothing new for birdwatchers to have no clear explanation for the disappearance (or appearance) of a bird species from their yards. I can live with that - I'm just glad to have my nuthatches back!