Sunday, November 25, 2018

Yard Critter of the Week - Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

An occasional winter visitor to our yard, this year we've had one, or maybe two, which appear to have taken up temporary residence. They show up for a day or two, go missing for a similar period, and then are back again. Or perhaps they're here every day and we're simply not sufficiently observant.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology reports that this could be a good year to see a variety of usually northern species down here in the lower forty-eight, and the National Audubon Society says that it will be especially good for these nuthatches.

Red-breasted Nuthatches, much like their resident White-breasted cousins, seem to be constantly on the move. Making them rather difficult to photograph. I've been trying for the last two weeks to get a shot, and out of twenty plus shots I got these few 'blog worthy' images.


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And then the bird perched on the feeder pole and was still for several minutes.

No doubt a hawk was in the area, and the birds were frozen.

And I got a few more usable shots. 🙂

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You can find all of the Yard Critter posts listed here.

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