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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