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Red-breasted Nuthatch
November 6, 2012
Long Island, New York

Here's an interesting article on the movement of these little guys this year...

I can spend hours just watching the birds at the feeders.  Do you have any tales to tell?

Originally posted to kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:05 AM PST.

Also republished by Backyard Science.

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  •  Tip Jar (28+ / 0-)

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:05:06 AM PST

  •  Sorry, i am at work... (12+ / 0-)

    Will check in later!

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:26:54 AM PST

  •  we had a mob at the hummingbird feeder (15+ / 0-)

    yesterday -- FOUR different individuals over the course of the day!!! after several days of nobody-we-noticed... (Eugene OR)

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:33:40 AM PST

    •  Cool! (10+ / 0-)

      I wish i could spot more hummingbirds (when its the season for me! Too cold right now) they are in my area, I just don't often see them.  Hopefully next year. :-)

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:16:19 AM PST

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      •  be prepared to move the feeder around until you (4+ / 0-)
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        find a spot they like.

        our first year was a dud. we had put the feeder about half-way between the front of the house and the street, so it wasn't too close to the house because we thought that might be off-putting.

        apparently so. like I said, no visible visitors.

        so the next year we tried moving it right up to the house, in front of the LR window, as I had seen several so located in the neighborhood. whether it was being further from the street, or being more sheltered by the plantings immediately around the new locations, or that those plantings (a pine and a Jpn maple) were much better for hiding in & darting into, or that our small water feature (tsukubai) was closer, both for sounding more natural and providing drinking/bathing (which we HAVE seen them do! hovering in front of the vertical side of the pumice boulder, or clinging on to the surface while they splatter water up into their feathers, etc.) -- well, they really liked the move. we have several a day most days, sometimes more.

        thrillingly, 8-( we sometimes get blank spots in attendance, when there are territorial wars -- we do seem to be on the boundary between 2 territories, one of which may be unclaimed? but the other of which is ferociously defended, but someone who buzzes in and runs off anyone he doesn't approve of!

        we are also lucky in where we live, in the PNW Anna's year-round territory. has been really interesting learning how they manage to be year-round, they can turn down their metabolisms so they go into semi-hibernation overnight in the cold weather!

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 02:14:08 PM PST

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        •  Very interesting to hear about your Anna's (2+ / 0-)
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          I've wondered about how they make it through the winter too. I put up a feeder for them this year and so far they are visiting it regularly, most often at dawn and dusk, though I'll see them now and then during the day too. Several females, one male and one juvenile so far.

          My feeder is also right outside the LR window, which makes for great viewing. It's also sheltered in the lee of the house, and near a bank of trees, where they fly off to after feeding.

          I'd be interested to hear how your birds fare as the season progresses.

  •  Nice story. Amusing little birds. (14+ / 0-)

    Their nasal sounds are funny.


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    by jim in IA on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:41:47 AM PST

    •  To me... (9+ / 0-)

      They beep.  I was confused the first time I heard them, because it was a different "beep" from what I was used to hearing from the white-breasted nuthatch.

      But its true what they say about these little ones, they will be found with flocks of chickadees.  So i have had titmice, both nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and chickadees feasting at the feeders.

      And finally the carolina wrens have shown up! They are around all year, but they've finally come to the feeders.

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:19:50 AM PST

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  •  Funny -- thanks for the simple joys. (11+ / 0-)

    A cool mid50 here in Tallahassee - no sun, just overcast. Been like this for 3 days. Feels like upstate NY all over again where the sun would fade in October and not shine weeks.

    Leaves are falling steadily - it's hickory now with a dull rust yellow, sweet gum started 2 weeks ago with brown yellow, cherry with the delicate yellow fell before that. Grape and beauty berry also color the woods yellow. Mostly shades of yellow to balance the green of magnolias and live oaks.

    I love George Takei for being aware and honest and sharing. And "the best damn pilot in the universe."

    by PHScott on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:28:55 AM PST

    •  Leaves are yellowing... (3+ / 0-)
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      (finally)... but the start of the glorious colour was disrupted by Sandy and the nor'easter!  So now we just have the yellows left.

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:13:49 PM PST

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  •  I have homemade mesh feeders similar to the (11+ / 0-)

    one you have the sunflower seeds in.  I fill them with shelled raw peanuts. Nuthatches, chickadees and woodpeckers come and break off chunks which they extract between the wires and then carry off to eat.

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    by enhydra lutris on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:31:43 AM PST

    •  I was chasing... (4+ / 0-)
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      well, not really chasing, but trying to get some good photos of a red-bellied woodpecker over the weekend.  I could HEAR him, since he chitters as he takes flight... and he was flying from yard to yard, tree to tree since I was out doing clean up.

      While chasing him with the camera, there I see the yellow-bellied sapsucker, belly glowing yellow in the sun!  :D

      The red-bellied was after the sunflower seeds, though, and ignored the peanuts.  The jays love those peanuts, and I set the feeder up to distract them from the other feeders.

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:16:50 PM PST

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  •  You've motivated me to put out my feeders this.... (9+ / 0-)

    weekend.

    •  yah, generally... (3+ / 0-)
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      once it warms up and things are budding and growing, I pull the feeders down.  

      honestly?  I needed some sort of entertainment during the days without power!  LOL  the wildbirds provided lots of happy sights and lots of funny stories with their antics at the feeders.

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:18:29 PM PST

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  •  I've been hearing more than one RB Nuthatch in (10+ / 0-)

    the trees around the reservoir across the street.  It's an uncommon bird for San Francisco, so it's a bit of a treat to have them there.  In the We have occasionally had one over there (always in winter) but this is the first time I've heard more than one, and the first time they've been an ongoing thing - they're usually one-day wonders.

    •  the article linked... (4+ / 0-)
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      is talking about the larger sightings of these little ones in places not normally seen!  Previously, I had only seen a few at my feeders - and this years ago.

      There are three feeding out my backyard (from my count).

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:19:49 PM PST

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      •  Nuthatches are year-round up here in WA (2+ / 0-)
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        but it looks to me like there are more than usual this year. They frequent my black oil sunflower seed feeder as often as the chickadees and the juncos.

        The linked article about irruptions mentioned Snowy owls. A neighbor of mine (who lives in a big field where they graze cattle) was very excited a few days ago about a huge white owl she had seen at dawn on a fence post. I have never heard of a Snowy owl in the San Juan islands, though they have been reported on Vancouver island to the west, rarely. We looked through the books, and eliminated all the owls we usually have here, including the lightish barn owl. One thing that really struck her was how big it was. If so, this is a first here, and a sign of that irruption. I tasked her with getting a picture if it comes around again.

        I would so love to see a Snowy owl!

        •  I always try... (2+ / 0-)
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          To keep my camera handy, but sometimes the moment is just seared in our memory banks!! :-)

          It's sad, but i just don't hear owls around me at all!!! I'd ave to go into the country upstate NY for this. I'm too much in the middle of developed suburbia...

          All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

          by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 04:10:17 PM PST

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  •  I had a nut hatch at my feeder this week (7+ / 0-)

    I can always spot them from a distance because the hop head-first down the tree trunk.

    During summer I fill my 2 feeders once or twice a week.  Right now I am filling them every two days.  

    One day last week I saw a beautiful bald eagle soaring over a tidal marsh.  I was stuck in traffic and happy to be thus, so I could watch the eagle swooping in to inspect the marsh.

    I fall down, I get up, I keep dancing.

    by DamselleFly on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 11:42:54 AM PST

  •  The only bird feeder tale this week at my house (5+ / 0-)
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    involves squirrels with tails that keep the birds of a feather  from eating at the feeders.. Squirrel soup anyone?

    But I had a group of palm warblers come in for drinks and bath the other morning.

    •  I hear... (3+ / 0-)
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      warblers more than I see them around.  And especially with the pond, they definitely seem to be around my yard!

      sigh.  Squirrels.  One of the "s" words of dread...

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:21:20 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for a nice break (5+ / 0-)
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    in a long day.

    I set my feeders up a few weeks ago and it has been pretty not-busy.  My hypothesis is that the superabundance of acorns from our live oaks means that there aren't as many hungry birds out there.  Supporting my hypothesis is the observation that the birds that are coming are mostly ones that wouldn't eat acorns:  mockingbirds (coming for mealworms), mourning doves, and chickadees.  The platform still has loads of peanuts after over a week.

    Still gray and 'cold' here in Tallahassee.  As some one said to me about 30 minutes ago - it looks like it should start snowing but it is about 20 degrees too warm.

    "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

    by matching mole on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:18:36 PM PST

    •  I always know when... (4+ / 0-)
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      natural pickings are bear when the starlings start hitting my feeders in droves!  Thankfully, they have not yet been doing this yet!!  And there really are plenty of things (insects) for them to feed on yet.

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:22:39 PM PST

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  •  That first picture is priceless (3+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for the smile.  :-)

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    by Avilyn on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:21:29 PM PST

    •  jays always make me laugh! (3+ / 0-)
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      i have good childhood memories of blue jays.  For me, they are always good omens.  :)-

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:23:13 PM PST

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  •  Love that series of pics. We only have the white (4+ / 0-)
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    breasted ones here. No new birds at the feeders lately but all the regulars are keeping me busy trying to keep them all full. I think with every degree the temp drops the rate of sunflower seed consumption doubles, or so it seems anyway.  

    This gorgeous redtail posed for several pics yesterday, a few days too late for my redtail diary but happy to get the shots anyway.

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    by burnt out on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:36:13 PM PST

    •  how beautiful!! (3+ / 0-)
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      when I was out last weekend, I suddenly realized how quiet it was and the chittering at the feeders had stopped.  Then saw the swoop of the hawk across the sky.  Most likely a coopers, which is what I've seen mainly around here.  He didn't catch a meal that time, but I do see evidence of meals (usually piles of mourning dove feathers under the bushes)

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:25:15 PM PST

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  •  sad news... :( (4+ / 0-)
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    I just got home from work.  Went to check the Pogo box.  It looks like he may have been injured somehow, crawled back "home" to his den, and died.  :(

    It's upsetting.  But there are raccoons in the area - which is what the stray cat outside avoids and comes for food only at certain times of daylight, and only in the evenings when I suppose he can sense they are not around.

    No stray dogs that I know of - most owners do keep their dogs on a leash.

    Sorry, Pogo.  But you'll go back to the earth from whence you came.  The spirits guide you onward.

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:12:25 PM PST

  •  New birds in the bays (3+ / 0-)
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    Saw a flock a ways down the beach day before yesterday. It's quite protected in that bay.
    rb merg down bch

    then got close enough to see them, busily feeding, paying no mind to me
    rb merg fem

    Female red breasted mergansers, back for winter. First group of them I've seen this year.

    rb merg fem

    And today, a treat! 4 trumpeter swans flying over. They winter on the lakes and ponds on the islands. There used to be very few but their numbers have steadily increased over the last 10 years or so. Such beautiful birds.

    swans

    There's a series of storms on the way here, first is arriving now - it's gray out, getting windy, water kicking up, rain is coming.

    •  i need to... (3+ / 0-)
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      Start water bird watching! There are more than several places i can go, but just have never made te trips out!

      Lovely photos. :-)

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 03:43:30 PM PST

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  •  Hey kishik... (3+ / 0-)
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    welcome to the Bucket!

    That's an interesting feeder.  What do the squirrels make of it?

    •  Hi billybush!! (3+ / 0-)
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      The squirrels so far have left it for the jays and woodpeckers. The coil moves and is springy, so maybe because of this they're avoiding it? The other peanut feeder I had was great, but easier for them to hang from and also spill out the peanuts. This one stays full longer. Even the jays have up wrestle out the peanuts which is good.

      I also have a hard corn block in a square wire feeder for the squirrels. That keeps them occupied too. I'm sure some smart squirrel will figure out how to position itself with the other though... And the others will follow suit!

      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

      by kishik on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 02:11:56 AM PST

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