Please welcome bird number 76 on our bird page; the Red-breasted Nuthatch. This one finally decided to show itself after making me wait for years! According to Cornell, my favorite bird resource, these guys will actually use tree bark as a tool to plaster resin around their nest holes.
Can you see the girl in the photo to the left? With the camo she is sporting, she owns that tree! Yellow-bellied sapsuckers will also own your gutter, tin roof or other acoustical property for use as their personal percussion instrument. There ain’t much you can do about it!
Last year’s YBS pictured in my Feb 2011 post was a male. You can tell by the additional red coloring below his beak. Each year, they return to this same maple in our back yard. This Maple is adjacent to the 90 foot Elm that fell (Shown in March’s post). I’m glad our Sapsucker’s tree was spared!
These birds are frequently seen with Chickadees and Wood Peckers. So, it seems fitting that they are all hanging out together in this post.
Tufted Titmice often line the inner cup of their nest with hair, sometimes plucked directly from living animals. The list of hair types identified from old nests includes raccoons, opossums, mice, woodchucks, squirrels, rabbits, livestock, pets, and even humans. This fact is courtesy of Cornell Labs whose researchers meticulously gathered and tested all that nest hair!
Last, and not least, is the Nuthatches’ mate, the Carolina Chickadee. This Chickadee was protecting the ladybug- I think. Anyway, no ladybugs were harmed that I know of, but I had to leave shortly after taking this shot.