Friday, January 25, 2008

New Bird: Red-Breasted Nuthatch



Oh, I'm so glad I finally got a photo of this elusive bird! I've seen it a few times over the past week or so, but I didn't know what it was! I watched it for awhile today and then she landed on our feeder and just sat there. I slowly opened up the door... in short sleeves... in 40 degrees... and crept closer and closer. I got right next to the feeder before I accidentally moved to suddenly and frightened her away! It was really neat. And, I was really shivering and just hoping the photos would turn out!


The bird was about the size of a Chickadee and it had a dark grey back. The crown of her head is black and then you can see the rest of her head is white except for the black streak through her eye. (Isn't he cute!!!)
Well, I had originally posted asking for help identifying her, but I just went to my "other" book and the first page I opened to had this bird - a Red-Breasted Nuthatch!!! I like how the book describes her: "black cap and eye line, white eyebrow, rust underparts." I believe I have a female because it has duller underparts.

7 comments:

live4evermom said...

That is a great picture. Love the bird. Amazing!

Rhonda said...

Wow she is a beauty! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photos. I love coming to visit and see what you will come up with next.

About my organizing blog, I found what works for me are bookshelves...lots of them. LOL!

Robin said...

We have a lot of cute little nuthatches at our feeders, but I've never seen a red-breasted one. She is adorable! Your camera is really getting you some spectacular pictures, btw. Awesome!

Leila - mommyof4 said...

These are beautiful pictures... thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

I found your site through another blog. Your bird pictures are great. We just moved into our new house and I am sad to say that we miss seeing the birds. All of the trees are about 500 feet away. This Spring we hope to plant some closer to the house so we can resume our love of bird watching. I really enjoy reading your post.

Baly said...

Nuthatches are really interesting to watch. They spiral all around a branch or trunk of a tree looking for insects hidden underneath bits of bark. They don't seem to have much regard for gravity! If you're interested in seeing them closer, set out a suet or peanut feeder. This will also attract titmice, woodpeckers, chickadees, and flickers.

I came to your site as I was trying to figure out what kind of microscope to get. Your post on the gecko tail came up when I did a search on "60x microscope". Can you tell me what kind of microscope you have? I like that you can take video and photo on it. Thanks!

School for Us said...

Hi, Baly. I hope you see this! My camera is a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTI. I just got it for Christmas and so far, I'm really enjoying it! (I also have a zoom lens that goes to 300mm)

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