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Jan 6, 2011

At the feeders...

    White-breasted Nuthatch
A pair of White-breasted Nuthatches has joined the throng at the feeders, bringing the number of species seen, so far this winter, to 15.   I was surprised to learn that White-breasted Nuthatches only live for two years, on average.   That is why they lay so many eggs; up to ten at one time, once a year.   Red-breasted Nuthatches, which live longer are content with 6 eggs, on average.   Nature's way is that each species has its own strategy for perpetuating its own kind.   Both of these nuthatches are very successful breeders.   Their numbers are very strong and their ranges are quite large.   If you click on the picture above, you'll get a great view of the nuthatch's huge back talons, which explain its ability to move straight down a tree trunk.  Please Comment if you wish. BtheB                                
                               Red-breasted Nuthatch
Photos by BarrytheBirder

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