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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Red-Breasted Nuthatch video

These are Red-Breasted Nuthatches I videotaped a few weeks ago at my parent's home in Lacey, about 60 miles south of Seattle. I hadn't realized how feisty they are, but they are not shy about scolding Black-Capped and Chestnut-Backed Chickadees (and each other) away from the bird seed. If you watch carefully, you can see how the male's cap is black, while the female's is blue-gray.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

brightened up a dreary friday at work

7:08 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Glad to hear it, Steve!
That's exactly why I do this!

1:58 PM  
Blogger leanne said...

love the vid, i always thought the nuthatch was bigger than that, they seem to be the same size as the BCC. i saw a junco here tonight, the first since last year. Guess they're back now? Do nuthatches come to magolia, do you think? Loved the BCC vids as well, keep 'em coming!


7:12 PM  
Blogger leanne said...

I also meant to ask, where did you get that feeder? I like how you can put in different types of seed, I'd like one of those. Is there one I can mount on a ground pole? I live in apartments, and have no real hanging space as my birdhouse is there and cant climb near the ceiling to drill another hook; the hooks i have now were already there when i moved in. I'd love a pole mounted feeder like yours, as each bird has their own preferences, although the sparrows here will eat anything..


7:16 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Leanne, the Nuthatch video was taped at my parent's home near Olympia, Washington. I believe they got their triple-tube feeder at Costco. It's mounted on a pole in their backyard. They have found that the birds vastly prefer the black oil sunflower seeds and hardly ever take any of the other kinds of food provided in the other tubes.

Regarding nuthatches, there are plenty of them in the wooded parts of Seattle so you might see them.

Regarding juncoes, they indeed just started showing up last week. I wonder where they spend their summers?

10:46 AM  

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