Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday

I got a nuthatch!  Well, actually, I got some pics of a couple of different nuthatches!  And, I'm pretty excited... because they are as elusive ..maybe more so... than the chickadees.

Maybe it is male and female ..maybe there are different colourations... I'm not sure.  Tomorrow ... I'll look up some birdie info on them... but, for now I just wanted to brag about them coming to check out my new feeder.

UPdate... I'm thinking the first guy is a Red Breasted Nuthatch... and, the lower one might be a White Breasted Nuthatch .. there... I think I've got it figured out.

They only seem to come around if other birds are there ...especially lots of sparrows.  Maybe they like them to act as guard birds or something... warning about danger by flying off in a hurry if there is danger... and, seeing as I have plenty of sparrows around..it is noisy when they "flurry"....

The little nuthatches are so cute.  Hanging off the side of the feeder..getting a seed and then off they fly to enjoy it.  Much like the chickadees.  They don't hang around and nibble their snacks like the sparrows do.

The sparrows are pigs... they jump on and off the little perches ... sitting and nibbling for a bit .. flying off for a drink...or to hop around on the ground and clean up little things that fell off when they were in their eating frenzy.  In and out of the tree and the shrub and onto the feeder again... til they eat me out of house and home and then...sit on the patio wall looking at me through the window.  Well, I feel like they are looking at me....

I bought a big bag of seeds today... $43.00 ... yikes!  And, I looked at a winter bird water bowl... with a heater in it so they can have open water in the frigid weather.  $104.00 .... sigh...... having fun with birds can start to add up.

Click on the pics to make 'em bigger and get close up and personal with a nuthatch... or two ... aren't they cute?


















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10 comments:

A Quiet Corner said...

Nuthatches are adorable and you did a great job getting them as they don't stay still very long!!!...:)JP

Gwen Buchanan said...

I adore Nuthatches and that little squeaky sound they make.

pattisjarrett said...

Nice finds! We had a red-breasted nuthatch spend the winter at our feeder year before last, the first time I'd ever seen one. I hope it finds its way back.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

We had nuthatches at our feeder last winter but no sign of them yet this year. Oddly enough, we have never had a sparrow at our feeder...ever. I can't figure out why that would be. The only thing I can guess is that they don't like to feed up high (we're on the third floor).

Jen said...

Your nuthatches are adorable. Yep, my gambling habit is cheaper than my birding habit...

karen said...

ha, it seems birds are more expensive than children!!

Phil Slade said...

Spot on with your ID! Congratulations on enjoying your birds. There's no stopping now.

Lin said...

I LOVE nuthatches!! I love how they walk down the tree peeping. Such silly little buggers. :)

Chris Rohrer said...

Nicely done! Both are keepers:) Amazing little birds. Your ID's are correct. I know it seems expensive but I look at it all like they are part of my pet budget. I enjoy having them around our place.

Shashi Nayagam said...

At best of times birds are a difficult subject to photograph. You did extremely well to get such good shots. We had a couple of nuthatches come last summer. And yes they came when there were lots of sparrows around. We didn't see any this year though.