There are several White-Breasted Nuthatches here that live in the Oak grove that is next to the little farm pond. These tiny birds are a lovely grey, white and black with a long pointed bill and appealing eyes. They behave a lot like woodpeckers do but are not actually a woodpecker. They eat seeds, nuts and occasional insects. They make a thin high trill that is slightly like a Downy Woodpecker’s trill. The White-Breasted Nuthatches here will often fly from the Oaks to the bird feeder, and will even wait patiently on the porch railing if there are larger birds eating.
The nuthatches will sometimes eat with the Brown-Headed Cow Birds, the House Finches, and the Northern Cardinals, but dislike the male Red-Winged Blackbirds. I took these pictures on April 17, 2012 and again on April 28, 2012 in my yard and from my living room window. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!
Well, I did take these pictures on a Tuesday but that’s OK. Yesterday the pair of Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers came back to the yard. They were perched in the same big Oak that they had been in the last time they were here a few days ago. My pictures of the birds in the trees were not great (very dark). I did get some good pictures of the male bird while it was on the ground poking around in the turf for grubs or earthworms. I had been trying to take pictures of the waterfowl when I noticed that one of the flickers had flown to the ground just about ten feet in front of me. I had to be very stealthy and still but managed to take a few clear pictures.
Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers are some of the larger woodpeckers. They have very long tail feathers with bright yellow shafts. They have a beige body with lots of black spots. Both genders have a small patch of red on the crown of their heads but the female does not have a mustache marking on its chin. These birds mainly eat insects but occasionally eat seeds nuts and bits of fruit. They like to eat on the ground which is a lot different from most of the other woodpeckers. I love seeing woodpeckers! I took these pictures in my yard yesterday afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!