Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ready to launch

nuthatch launch


The White-breasted Nuthatch is a comical bird in my opinion. With the way he creeps down the tree headfirst and his nasal "what, what" call to let you know he's arrived. In the winter you will often find them "hanging out" with the Black-capped Chickadees at the feeders.

26 comments:

Deborah Godin said...

There's something so humorous about that little upturned beak!

Leedra said...

Pretty bird, and you captured him so well.

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Tina said...

Shelley,
You are so right..they are comical to watch..and they are so fast to move from one part of the trunk to another. Such a clean shot, not a mark in the snow on the top of the post, this looked like he staged this for you!!

Darla said...

yes they are comical!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Shelley, Isn't he just beautiful??? Almost EVERY picture I've ever seen of a nuthatch looks like they are getting ready to launch (and they probably ARE).
Hugs,
Betsy

nonna said...

what a little cutie! great shot, too. now why can't i have cute, non-destructive birds like this instead of pigeons that poop everywhere and woodpeckers!

Mildred said...

Yes, comical is a good description of this bird. Love his photo in the snow!

bennie and patsy said...

Now this is a bird I love to watch. They are so cute. They take a seed at a time and fly away. It's hard for me to get a picture. So I will enjoy yours.
patsy

Shellmo said...

Deborah - I agree!

Leedra - thank you!

Tina - He's a clean fellow - lol!

Darla - yes!

Betsy - They are such busy things!

Nonna- the secret is in the bird seed! lol!

Mildred - thank you!

Benny & Patsy - they are quick little things!

Cedar ... said...

Both the Red Breasted and White Breasted Nuthatches are here too. I absolutely love their little squeaky sounds. That is an amazing close up!

Naturegirl said...

Wonderful beautiful capture!

Mona at Cabin and Camp said...

Love this little nuthatch. I miss the Michigan birds! Stay warm. . .
Mona

Ms. Hays said...

Awww - he's cuuute! Look at those sharp claws! Really a clear shot!

joey said...

A lovely photo capturing his perky personality :0)

Tami said...

Lovely shot. And I think they are comical to watch as well.

Nina said...

You've really got some great photos! I couldn't decide which of your posts to leave a comment on!
I'm thinking about heading over to Hartwick Pines State Park soon to go snowshoeing. Hopefully all the snow we have will last - and keep coming!

Ms. Hays said...

You've been tagged - stop by my page to get the details!

Mimi said...

Northern Michigan, huh? I can see Canada from my house!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Wonderful photography! I'm originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan so know first-hand the beauty that abounds. You've captured much of it in your pictures so thank you!

Shellmo said...

Cedar - I miss the red breasted ones - so far no luck at the cabin.

nature girl - thank you! You are in my thoughts.

Mona - the birdies will be waiting for you this spring! (Is that when you head back to the UP?)

MS. Hays - they do have quite the claws on them - eh? LOL!

Joey - thank you!

Tami- they are fun to watch!

Nina - I was hoping the weather would be warmer this week as we wanted to snow shoe hartwick pines too! Hopefully when we're back up next.

Mimi - must be cold where you are!

Willard said...

An excellent photo of an interesting and entertaining bird.

spookydragonfly said...

Comical and a handsome bird, too! You're right, I've noticed how they hang out with the Chickadees. The birds offer some entertainment during our drab months. Great shot!

spookydragonfly said...

Comical and a handsome bird, too! You're right, I've noticed how they hang out with the Chickadees. The birds offer some entertainment during our drab months. Great shot!

Country Girl said...

Yes, he's quite the little comic, isn't he?

Kathleen Grace said...

I love these! What a beautiful blog you have:>)

sylvia murphy said...

Hi Shelly,

That is a great shot. I just captured a Black-capped chickadee, which is due to show up on my site wed am.

I have seen these fellows on the trunks of trees. They move really fast, you are lucky indeed.