I was outside last weekend and I kept hearing a woodpecker. That is an unmistakable noise when they are at work! Or so I thought. When I finally located him, here is what I saw.
I apologize for the movement, but I had my phone zoomed in and I was walking closer to him to get a better picture. It is hard to hold steady in zoom mode.
After doing some research I have decided that this is a nuthatch. He is working upside down a lot and that is a trait of nuthatches. Also I could not find a woodpecker that did not have a black streak by his eye, so that leads me to believe this is a white breasted nuthatch. Nuthatches also have shorter stubbier tails than woodpeckers and this birds tail is quite short.
Have you ever wanted to know how to identify birds? When I was a child my Mama and a friend of hers were avid backyard birdwatchers. They kept a log of all birds that they saw and would excitedly call each other when they spotted a new variety at their birdfeeders.
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Mama gave me her bird identification book when I got married and moved away from home. It is a well loved and well worn book. I still use it frequently and keep it near my kitchen window for reference.
When Mr. Menace and I married ten years ago, I found out that he liked watching birds also and that he owns the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Birds.
These books are invaluable. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend one. I even gave all the children in my family this one for Christmas one year, along with bird stickers, and kids binoculars.
Next, I want to learn to recognize birds by their songs. Are you a bird watcher? If you’d like to learn more, you might enjoy reading this post about beginning bird watching. If you are already a bird watcher, you might like to see my Bird Seed Storage.