Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.


Posted on | January 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

Our usual white-breasted nuthatch was here today, climbing up and down the trees.

Plus, the brown headed nuthatch pair was back today.

And they brought a friend, another bird we’ve never seen here before—a red-breasted nuthatch.  From this angle you can see his red tummy.

From this angle, you can see his 2 black stripes—one over his head and one over his eye.

In case you can’t really see anything in my photos, here’s some better ones from real photographers:

White-breasted nuthatch.

Brown-headed nuthatch.

Red-breasted nuthatch.

The weather forecasters are calling for sleet and snow tonight.  Clearly, this is some kind of cover for a nuthatch invasion.  Hide your sunflower seeds and your peanut butter, people.  Things might get ugly.  I’m just sayin.’


4 Responses to “Invasion.”

  1. Sandy Livesay
    January 17th, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    I love pictures of birds at the bird feeder, were you taking them from inside your house?

    Yes, this is sure notification that the weathers changing.

  2. admin
    January 17th, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    Yes, I have 2 huge pictures windows and we put several feeders outside them in order to watch the birds. I don’t have great photography skills and have just a cheap point-and-shoot camera but I still like to take pics of them. The feeders were jam packed today, even in heavy rain, so I do think snow is coming!

  3. Lin
    January 17th, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    Well, I hope so, I like nuthatches. I like the little “peep, peep” sound they make when they work up and down the tree.

    I find more birds visit the feeder when it warms up for a spell. Although lately, they have been quiet as there is a hawk perusing the hood. 🙁

  4. (Pigzzilla) Lee Galloway
    January 19th, 2013 @ 12:58 am

    I see several dozen of the White Breasted family at my 4 feeders. We call them ‘Tree Runners’ because of the way they run up and down the trees. I recently watched one poking seeds from one of the feeders under the shingles on my garage roof. They are fun to watch.

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