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Thursday, April 05, 2007

A New Guest at the Feeder

We have a white-breasted nuthatch, ladies and gentlemen! And boy is it cute. It seems to chew thoughtfully on the seeds. I'd like to be someone who chews thoughtfully. I will watch this bird for technique.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology web site:

In winter, the White-breasted Nuthatch joins foraging flocks led by chickadees or titmice. One explanation for these flocks is that the birds gain protection from predators by the vigilance of the other birds. In support of this idea, one study found that if titmice were removed from a flock, nuthatches were more wary and reluctant to come to exposed bird feeders.


Blogger Larry Jones said...

Those vigilant little titmouses. How I love 'em!

12:51 PM  

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