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Aug 6, 2012

First White-breasted Nuthatch in two years

Photos by BarrytheBirder
I've had trouble with one of my hummingbird feeders this week and finally took it down to work on a solution.   In the interim, I put up a bird feeder with mixed seeds, just to see what it would attract.    Immediately, there were some very confused hummingbirds, but the first, other, bird species to visit the feeder was a White-breasted Nuthatch.   It's the first one I've had at the backyard feeders, winter or summer, in almost two years.   They used to show up regularly, year-around, but recently seem to be in the woods, on the edge of the village.   Whatever its reason for suddenly appearing, its more than welcome.   They are such interesting little creatures.   They have incredibly strong legs and feet and are one of most acrobatic birds, equally adept hanging upside-down as perching right-side-up.   This one was quickly followed by the birds pictured below.
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chipping Sparrow
Mourning Dove

Now I have to get a baffle on the pole holding up this feeder because the squirrels quickly found the feeder also and things are getting mighty crowded and nasty.
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