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!
A Carolina Chickadee was flitting about in a tall Oak located along the end of the driveway here. This is an area that is pretty close to a fringe of woodlands and the small gulch that is near the dam of the pond here. Chickadees are quick, agile birds! They don’t spend a lot of time in one area unless resting. This behavior may be defensive in nature. They are active hunters and catch a lot of insects. The Carolina Chickadees also eat fruit, seeds, and small cracked pieces of nuts.
Carolina Chickadees have a black cap, grey back, white undersides and a strongly defined black bib under the chin. This is the beginning of nesting season in Cumberland County, TN for many songbirds and Chickadees are among those pairing up. The Chickadees nest in tree cavities. I have seen several such cavities in trees here. There are a lot of tall Oaks lining the street here, and many other small trees in the gulch area. It is always nice to see the Carolina Chickadees! I took these pictures here in the yard on March 20, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Yesterday I saw three different White-breasted Nuthatches. I noticed in my camera’s viewfinder that one of the nuthatches had come out of a tiny hole in an Oak. I knew that woodpeckers lived in cavities in tree trunks but I had not considered that the nuthatches also may recycle an existing woodpecker hole for their own. How interesting! I don’t know if the nuthatches live in that hole or this one is visiting, or they use the hole for a food cache.
The other two White-breasted Nuthatches were also up in Oaks. These were chatting away with the typical “Chip-chip” sound that these birds make. The White-breasted Nuthatch eats small insects, spiders, and small seeds, nuts and fruits. They seem to be social with other small birds, especially the smaller woodpeckers. I did see two Red-bellied Woodpeckers along in the same area as these two Nuthatches. I saw all three nuthatches in different trees. I am pleased to see the birds here in the yard as it has warmed up a bit. It had been very cold here early in the week. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!