Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Creepers

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These white-breasted nuthatches are silly birds. You usually see them walking on trunks and branches upside down. If I glimpse a small movement high in the bird tree, I follow the movement with my eyes and will usually find it is a nuthatch walking down to the feeders from above. Other birds fly directly to the feeders, but the nuthatches creep up on them. They have a tiny voice that you may not hear. They don't talk as much as other birds. Their back is slate blue with black bands. They have rufous pant feathers in the rear.

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Red-breasted nuthatches also live here, but I haven't seen any this year. I wish I had paid closer attention because I know they had to have dropped in. They behave exactly as the white-breasted nuthatches.

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1 comment:

  1. Pretty birds. Not familiar with them in my neck of the woods.

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