Brown-headed Nuthatch - very detailed
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These little beauties have been my visitors for the last 3 years. They will come to my feeders many times a day. They love crunchy peanut butter.
Since moving to my new home, these energetic guys have nested in an old pine stump only 3 feet from the ground, in a crack in an old crosstie that is being used as a post in a grape arbor, and in a joint of a 3 inch piece of bamboo that I wired on a post. I have seen them successfully raise about 5 families of little ones. Now, I just wish I could get some of the white-breasted variety.
Tool use in birds is rare, but the Brown-headed Nuthatch will use a piece of bark as a lever to pry up other bark to look for food. It may carry the bark tool from tree to tree, and may use it to cover a seed cache.
Nests of Brown-headed Nuthatches are regularly attended by extra birds, usually young males. Whether these helpers-at-the-nest are older offspring of the breeding pair is not yet known.
The Brown-headed Nuthatch may sleep in a tree cavity or in the open on pine branches. The female or the breeding pair roosts in the nest cavity before the eggs are laid and throughout the nestling period.
The Brown-headed Nuthatch often joins mixed species foraging flocks in winter. In these flocks the nuthatch appears to compete for food with the Pine Warbler, another pine specialist species. The two birds displace each other from the preferred foraging spots, with the nuthatch attacking the warbler just as frequently as the warbler attacks the nuthatch. However, the other types of birds that I see them foraging with is most commonly the carolina chickadee and the tufted titmouse.
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great capture, TFS Ori
What a beautiful little nuthatch. The image has great detail, eye contact and focus. I like your notes as well. They are very interesting little birds.
- [2010-12-19 20:10]
Superb image Travis!!
The detail is great and the colors are true and natural. I have never seen this little guy here in Ohio, but we do have plenty of the White breasted ones. Very informative notes!!
Beautiful photo with very good composition wonderful colours and good sharpness.