So Sunday afternoon I was looking out the back door window and I saw the above bird. It was acting like a Nuthatch, but it looked different than the Nuthatch that we normally see around here. So I took a few photos and then looked up the bird on Allaboutbirds.org. It is indeed a Nuthatch, a Red Breasted Nuthatch to be exact. The other “normal” Nuthatch that we see is a White Breasted Nuthatch. So, check off another new bird for our Life List.
Like all Nuthatches, he was very active and very difficult to photo. Flying in and landing on the backside of the tree, jumping down on the ground to the fallen limb and birdseed for about 2 seconds and then off again to the closest thicket. It took a little while, but I finally got a few decent shots of this active little guy.
Although I’ve never seen one of these before, they seem to be everywhere from Alaska to Florida. They are very vocal, colorful, active, and industrious. They line the entrance of their nests with the resin they carry in their mouth from pine trees. This keeps other unwelcome visitors out of their nest. Which is ironic, because these Nuthatches often steal the nesting material from other birds. Kind of a “do as I say, not as I do” kind of bird.
Well, that’s nature, right and wrong is usually a little different than what we humans tend to think it should be. In my opinion, we should leave nature alone and work on our own problems of right and wrong.
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2 thoughts on “Our Wonderful World – A New Nuthatch”
Rob, I have had one of these hanging around my feeder too. The thing I notice about it is that he doesn’t stay on the feeder to eat. He lands, grabs something and flys off, so for you to get pictures like this is awesome. I sometimes just have the camera on his landing spot and will wait and wait for him to return. Never fails though when I do that he lands on the other side of the feeder. LOL. I have gotten a few pics but not near the quality of these that you have. WTG on that first timer!!
I’ve been seeing him off and for a couple of weeks. I did about the same thing. Had the camera pointed toward the feed on the ground and the branch. Got lucky, only had to wait about 10-15 minutes.