a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Do The Words Nut Hatch...

remind you of me?  Nope, not the opening into my house!  I promised no more birds but I took a moment to soak up the sun while reading a good book. Soon the White-Breasted Nuthatch had me under his/her spell.
There it is sneaking down to the feeders.
Not the normal White-Breasted Nuthatch who travels the tree looking for goodies.This smart one was retrieving goodies from the feeders and STASHING the seeds in nooks and crannies of the tree. She/he ain't no dummy!  With seed in bill, it would hammer enthusiastically to fit the seed in place for a later time. Upside down, sideways it worked diligently to store food for another day.
I was never quite quick enough to photograph her action.  She became paranoid about her stash, which I have heard is normal for those who have "stashes" and quickly moved to another tree so I would not know the location of the bounty.
The sun's light warmed my day.  With a good book and my camera I ignored any work. It was a day long over due.

28 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

they're so cute.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the nuthatch is one of my favorite birds. They are smart birds to stash and hide their food for later. Great series. Have a happy weekend!

A Quiet Corner said...

The 6 P's (prior proper planning prevents poor performance)...I told you they were important! He's stashing his food so he can then poop it out...:)JP

Debbie said...

they are beautiful birds, i see them year round but many more in winter. i also get the red breasted ones and they come only in winter. great captures, they are fun to watch!!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If only she realized you will keep that feeder full year-round.

Delores said...

So basically, the whole tree has become a bird feeder.

Henny Penny said...

We've not seen a nuthatch here in quite a while. In fact, I had forgotten about them until seeing your pictures. Nuthatches are fun to watch.

Country Gal said...

I love these little guys we have a few here and they like to play peekaboo with me in the trees as I try to photograph them they can be skittish but they do soon get used to us with cameras in hand and practically pose lol ! Nice photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

Empty Nester said...

Isn't that always the way it is with birds? They captivate me every time. If it's cold out, I don't notice it until I'm finished taking pictures. Same when it's hot out. I could bird watch all day, every day. Tucker likes it too. :)

Roses around the door... said...

I need to get out in the garden and put some bird feeders up. The trouble is we have lots of squirrels and also the Rhodents seem telepathic when I feed the birds!!
Love the story of your little bird :)x

gld said...

We have had to remove so many trees in the yard that we do not see the nut hatch like we once did. I have seen one at the feeder a few times. I spotted it because it was approaching the seeds upside down.

Saucy Kodz said...

Sounds just like my day, minus the book. I walked and walked, and then took the olde dog for a short walk. I felt the warmth on my face. My, oh My, what beautiful bird photos. Wish it was warmer here everyday, but am most grateful to get out so much. We really haven't had much winter yet and it worries me that we might get it all in Feb - that would be not so good. I shall take one day at a time and dream lazy warm dreams on the sunny warm days of winter. Hugz to M and hello to all. I have watched my birds and other creatures do same thing. Yesterday two squirrel's were fighting over a stash in the tree in the back yard. The smaller one won the battle :)

Farm Girl said...

How nice you noticed that activity. I love spotting things like that. I hope your sunshine stayed around for awhile.

Arkansas Patti said...

Such a frugal little bird saving her food. I have never seen a bird do something like that. Saving for a rainy day I guess.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

What is wrong with a bird post? I think you do them well.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

They are very cute. I don't get to see any of those around here. Have a great weekend, and don't get sunburned out in the ridiculous heat wave. LOL!

Lynne said...

Nuthatch photos are great . . .
Liked that you had a "Gail Day"
with a book
camera
writing
creating

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

What a cutie! I don't think we have these in CA

LindaG said...

I hope you continue to share your bird photos with us, Gail. ^_^

Harry Flashman said...

I never heard of a nuthatch but it's a pretty bird.

Inger said...

What a clever little bird. Glad you took some time to just relax. I feel a bit overdue.

Truedessa said...

I don't think I've heard of a nuthatch but, I always find bird watching entertaining.

Sandra said...

I hope your computer is able to get these comments. getting worried about you ... post those birds, everyone loves them.

Lynn Hasty said...

So sweet! I love watching birds!
xo
Lynn

Susan Anderson said...

Sounds like a delightful day back at the nut hatch.

;)

PS. I LIKE bird posts, by the way...

Karen S. said...

I love your birds (and your choice in coffee) and especially your pups, so bring on as many photos and wit as you can! My attitude needs/requires/begs of it! Hehehe!

Sandy said...

Gail,

It's good to hear you sat back, read, and took everything in.

Lowcarb team member said...

It is so good to be able to sit a while ... and still share some bird pictures with us.
Thank you.

All the best Jan

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