Friday, March 11, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday

The tiny Red Breasted Nuthatch.

I love these little guys ...and, little they are too.  Not much bigger than some hummingbirds really.  But, feisty.. just like a hummer.  They don't take any flack from the bigger birds and dart in and out and get their fair share of the seeds. Sometimes they even try to hog the feeder all to themselves...

They hang upside down from the mesh to get a seed, (which I'm sure is the proper way for a nuthatch) ... but, they also perch on the little wire perches..or...they don't mind taking seeds from the board near the water..or on the ground ... as a matter of fact... they are everywhere ..all at the same time it seems.















I have at least two different ones coming and going on a regular basis.. I only know this because sometimes there are two here at the same time.  Also these same ones or ..maybe others... enjoy my suet feeder at the back of the house.  Their favourite... peanut butter and bugs suet... which the Downy woodpecker and the Flicker ...and a damned Magpie also enjoy.  I do shoo away the Magpie when notice it there.  It can get plenty of other "food" anywhere...













If they don't take the seed and fly directly to their "stash" ...  which they save for rainy or cold days.. they will often beat the heck out of it on the patio wall.   Unlike the sparrows...they are dainty eaters and like to nibble tiny morsels ..much like the chickadees do when they take a seed and fly into the lilac and nibble it for quite some time before returning for a second.





























Here is one just for Dave ...    http://burdzbuttz.blogspot.ca  ... a perfect butt shot... which I get plenty of ...I just wasn't quite as clever as he was in naming a blog after the fact.  I love your fun blog Dave .. and all of your perfect butt shots.. as well as all of your other beautiful bird photos.













Look...sometimes he shares.... let me see what is that other bird? .... mmm.... perhaps ... it was a Pine Siskin that day.













We all know this look...... "Hey woman....it's empty...... more seed!!@"      Worse than a pirate... "oi .. ....where's me grog wench ?!..."

Sheeesh.....  birds are cheeky.

And look how easily he does that major stretch.... wow.... .. I wonder if their legs are situated differently in their anatomy than other birds or if they just have stronger groin muscles ... I must search for a straight on shot or two to see if it is noticeable...














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7 comments:

BeadedTail said...

Hahaha! That last photo is cute! We have those birds here too I think. I'll have to watch them more closely!

Dave Lewis said...

Thanks for the mention! Ya know, this was the first winter I haven't spotted a red-breasted nuthatch. Thanks for posting those photos!
Dave

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Fun photos! We have a pair of nut hatches that frequent our feeder and they're such fun to watch. I love how they eat upside down.

Valerie said...

A fun post. Thank you for sharing these delightful birds (and for dropping by)

Lin said...

I LOVE the nuthatch! I like how they walk down the tree head-first and peep-peep all the way around the trunk. Very cute bird indeed.

I like that blog name too. I'm gonna have to go visit Dave.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Those nuthatches are really animated creatures. I really miss having a bird feeder here in south Florida as I did in New Mexico. I put one up the first winter I was here, in 2004, and it did attract goldfinches, the only time I have ever seen them in the yard. Then the unruly Muscovy Ducks, pigeons and Monk Parakeets moved in, spilling all the seed within minutes and violating a local ordinance prohibiting feeding the ducks. Now an array of feeders sits empty in the garage.

Shashi Nayagam said...

We too get the nut hatches here but not often. They are such untidy or picky eaters. They tend to throw out such a lot while eating. I too shoo the magpies especially when the birds are nesting.