Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Red-breasted Nuthatch

 Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

It's no secret that I love both the white-breasted and red-breasted nuthatches, both of which are frequent visitors to our peanut feeder.  But when I see them some place else I get doubly excited. I saw this red-breasted nuthatch  in a Whitby, Ontario,  bird sanctuary...and apparently this variety is not often seen there.  Hmmm. What's common in one area may be quite unusual somewhere else...and not that far away, either.

 Wondering: Is that CameraGirl again???

This red-breasted nuthatch is often at our feeder and so friendly that I can almost reach out and touch it. Clearly it believes it ought not nip the hand that feeds it!

At our peanut feeder

This nuthatch stays here all year long so I'm sure I'll be featuring it again during the winter months.

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

52 comments:

eileeninmd said...

I just love these cuties, great shots. I hope some come my way this winter.. Have a happy day!

Our Jaipur said...

Lovely Shots, I liked them. Have a Nice Day. . . :)

Kerri Farley said...

An Absolute beauty! I don't see them here very often.

Terri said...

I don't see the nuthatch around here. Great shots!

Revrunner said...

I haven't seen this species at all, except in field guides.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Fantastic bird and great photographs. I have just arrived back after a 6 weeks holiday in Africa and have LOTS of photographs to edit and share (eventually)

William Kendall said...

Such a pretty bird too!

see you there! said...

Your photos are so sharp and detailed. I wonder where the name nuthatch comes from.

Darla

TexWisGirl said...

just adorable with a cute little attitude!

Sandra said...

awesome shots of these cuties... and YES, i think that was CameraGirl

Halcyon said...

You caught these nuthatches so perfectly! I miss N American birds. The ones here are so boring. ;)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So sweet EG, you're lucky they feel comfortable with you.. my big birds do but the littlies are so sqittish. You're nuthatches are a delight.

Sylvia K said...

What a cutie, EG!! Such perfect captures! They're the next best thing to seeing them "in person"! Wonderful post as always and such a great start for my day!! Thank you for sharing!!

Linda said...

Beautiful little birdie!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Oh great takes. So sweet they are.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

These are really great photos. Did you get a new camera?

Felicia said...

wonderful images.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Fabulous shots!

RedPat said...

It's part of the family!

Judy said...

Pretty little birds!!! My father once said that butternut trees were common in the county south of ours, but not to be found in Oxford... Same thing as the nuthatches!

Marie said...

Lovely little bird! I'm glad it is so comfortable with you around. great shots!

Malyss said...

Your birds pictures are always fabulous !
And thank you or your nice comment !

Ginny said...

They are just adorable!! So they eat peanuts?? I love the way they walk down trees head first! I need to put some peanuts out!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Great pictures of this little guy. I am so happy that I have both species of Nuthatch on my yard all year.

Christian Weiß said...

Cute bird.

Chris Rohrer said...

I'm not sure which nuthatch is cooler. I had a laugh today when I saw your RBNU and my PYNU show up next to each other on the other site. They are pretty amazing birds.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I think he did recognize you (or maybe he'd heard from his cousins who frequent your peanut feeder) .. At any rate, he sure posed beautifully for you. They are wonderful birds -- wherever you see them.

Lisa Gordon said...

What a little cutie he is!!!

Lois said...

What a handsome bird! I have never seen one either.

Grandma C said...

He's so cute!

Jenny said...

Nuthatches are my favourite winter bird. I love their little cheeps and their debonaire outfits. We have mostly white-breasted ones in Eastern Ontario, but I do get the occasional red-breasted one.

Randy said...

Cute little bird.

Cloudia said...

You made my heart fly!



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Arija said...

Really great to have birds that are tame around one, try if he will take food from your hand. It is like the sun came out on a grey day when a little bird trust you to that extent.
Beautiful photos of both.

The Furry Gnome said...

Awesome pictures!

Jack said...

You get really nice, clear photos of these birds, with every feather showing. You have figured out the art of taking bird pix.

Karen said...

Great shots! I love these little guys! Won't be long until they show up in my yard!

visualnorway said...

I'm not quite sure that we have that one over here, but if we had, you should have the honour of "shooting" it - marvellous bird's shots.

Indrani said...

Wow! It modeled for you well.
Happy WW!

orchid Miyako said...
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HOOTIN ANNI said...

To have this beauty so close by like that would be a dream come true.

orchid Miyako said...

OMG, EG; I was trying hard to catching up commenting with friends blogs lining up on tub. So sorry I mixed up your blog with other friends... Whew, I shouldn't do the same way. Relieved to come back :-)

Your Red-breasted Nuthatchis really CUTE Your peanuts feederand SWEET LOOKING♡♡♡ Your peanut feeder must be the great place for the birds♬♬♬

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Stephanie said...

Lovely shots!

Ida said...

What a cute little fellow. You are lucky to have them visit. I don't believe we have them here. I just get house sparrows most of the time.

BumbleVee said...

They are such great acrobats.....

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

My grandmother had these all the time / I never get them in the winter :(
Love your shots :)

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful shots!

janiceadcock said...

Lovely shots.

Rose said...

It is just too cute for words! I have not seen them here that I remember.

Small City Scenes said...

One of my fav little birds. So sleek. MB

Carver said...

I also love nuthatches. Fantastic shots!

Pat Tillett said...

Such a pretty bird. Great photos!

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