Friday, November 16, 2007

White-Breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

This White-Breasted Nuthatch has just hurled himself out of the maple tree. I enjoy watching nuthatches--they are so animated and busy, and who could resist the way they climb down trees head-first? This winter, we also have a pair of Red-Breasted Nuthatches visiting our bird feeder daily. Smaller than the White-Breasted, these little guys seem to move even faster, and I'm unlikely to snap even a blurred photo of these. We don't have many pine trees on this little ridge, so it's unusual to see the Red-Breasted Nuthatches at our bird feeders. They are at best occasional visitors.


Sherry said...

Is this bird hanging in mid-air?

Rebecca Clayton said...

He was on the tree, then flew to the bird feeder. He's in between "wing flaps" here--he's flapped once, and is about to flap again. It's strange how completely folded his wings are, like he's just sitting on a branch. The shutter speed was really fast.

Sherry said...

I've been meaning to drop back by and say how amazing I think this shot is. I have camera envy. Or maybe I just want to come live in the mountains.