How does such a little bird make such a big noise! That's what drew our attention immediately upon setting out on our walk in the woods on this frosty morning.
We searched the sky and surrounding trees to locate the sound and finally found our bird at the top of a spruce tree. The nuthatch called incessantly, first in one direction, then in the other direction.
A pleasant surprise.
(I haven't seen the Red-breasted Nuthatch since the White-breasted Nuthatch arrived here a year ago and decided to stay.)
The other day I liberated from the garden a drooping sunflower that was full with seeds and attached it to one of the bird feeders. The chickadees seem to be enjoying it very much.
1 Varied Thrush poking around on a log
1 White-Breasted Nuthatch on a tree nearby
I was surprised to see the thrush as I thought she/he would have flown south by now. The nuthatch is very territorial, and I watched to see what the little bird had in mind. The nuthatch flew straight at the thrush obviously trying to drive the bigger bird off. This tactic had little effect on the thrush, and he simply hopped into an opening under the log.