The day was brighter but still breezy yesterday. I partially refilled the bird feeder as I am very low on seed. The smaller birds did not mind the quarter-filled feeder at all. I saw a few House Finches, a Tufted Titmouse and a pair of the nuthatches. This series of pictures today is on one of the White-breasted Nuthatches that came to the bird feeder in the afternoon. They are intelligent and interesting little birds.
The White-breasted Nuthatches are nearly woodpecker-like in looks and behavior. Perhaps that is why I like them so much. As you probably know, I am really crazy for the woodpeckers. So a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches does well as a substitute to watch when the woodpeckers fail to show up! I took these pictures on November 8, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This White-breasted Nuthatch was eating at the bird feeder next to my porch with several other little birds. There are a resident pair of White-breasted Nuthatches that live in one of the large Red Oaks next to the pond here. They are interesting small birds, They have a long pointed bill, long sharp claws and a white and grey color scheme. They chirp a bit and behave in similar ways to the Red-bellied Woodpeckers and the Downy Woodpeckers, but are not woodpeckers themselves. They use those long claws to help themselves walk up, down, and upside down on the trunks and branches of trees. They are quite acrobatic. I took these pictures on Sept. 29, 2012 from my living room window. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Actually many little birds told me. That is, they told me that I need to refill the bird feeder with bird seed. These tiny birds are just mobbing the feeder. We fill this feeder every three days and it is not a small feeder. Not that I mind very much. I delight in seeing the White-breasted Nuthatches, Carolina Chickadees, House Finches, Northern Cardinals, and Tufted Titmice that are now regulars at the feeder.
I also see one of the Red-headed Woodpeckers at the feeder. I am no longer seeing any Red-winged Blackbirds or Brown-headed Cowbirds here at the feeder. One bird that does not eat seed is the Eastern Bluebird. I am showing a youngster that is just now turning orange and blue. Bluebirds eat insects and are a wonderful bird to have here. I took these pictures from my living room window and from the yard on August 28, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
White-breasted Nuthatches have made my Oak Trees their home this past year. There are a small flock here. They sure do enjoy quickly grabbing a snack of Millet or Sunflower Seed from the bird feeder. They fly fast from the Oak to the feeder, take a seed, then they perch on the porch railing and eat the seed or crack the Sunflower Seed’s shell. They are chatty birds with a woodpecker-like habit of calling out a thin, high, “Chif-chif” sound. They are also woodpecker-like in that they have very long, curved, strong claws on their toes. The nuthatches use the claws to hold fast to the bark of the trees when upside down, sideways or even upright. They are amusingly acrobatic! I took these pictures on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in my yard. So sorry for the late post – computer maintenance was being done earlier on my system. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!
I shot all of these pictures yesterday in my yard. There were several more birds but I will include pictures of those tomorrow. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Northern Cardinal
Female House Finch
I took these pictures at home on May 22-23, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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!