Saturday, September 25, 2010

Feeder Fussy: White-breasted Nuthatch



White-breasted Nuthatches can be very defensive of their food source.

This little fellow took exception to a tufted titmouse who repeatedly tried to land on the natural feeder directly below the it's perch.






I enjoyed watching how the nuthatch flared it's wings, tripling its profile, while swiveled to face the intruder.

The belligerent little nuthatch was successful, for after just a few rebuffs, the titmouse gave up retreating to the woodland.

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19 comments:

Robin said...

Great sequence of shots!
Some of them are sure territorial!

Michael said...

Cool shots of nuthatch behavior.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great pictures.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous captures!

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Vicki said...

Beautiful!

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Amazing how they are able to hang on to the bark in that position. Nice find!

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

nicely done, I paged through your page and all of the photo are wonderful.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Nuthatches showing off is always such fun, and you got some great captures~

RNSANE said...

Goodness, he definitely is a fighter when it comes to his feeding space. Great shots.

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Doro said...

I had all kinds of birds in my small city lot back yard the other day. Including what I think was one of these, a cardinal, and at least fifteen robins, among others. I thought the little black cap was adorable.

Nikki-ann said...

Brilliant captures! So detailed. A great sequence :)

eileeninmd said...

Gerat series of the Nuthatch photos. They are so cute and fun to watch!

Montanagirl said...

Nice series of Nuthatch behavior. I think being territorial is the name of the game...you should see the Hummingbirds guarding a feeder in my backyard! Lots of energy and defiance in a tiny little body, not to mention the aerobatics!

Kerri said...

Lovely captures! The open wings are GORGEOUS!

Gretchen said...

Beyond stunning!

Joe said...

I've always enjoy watching the Nuthatches when I'm in my treestand. They're interesting birds to watch.

Elaine said...

Very nice!

Marci said...

I LOVE these photos!!!! I remember the first time I saw a nuthatch do this, I couldn't believe my eyes!

Misty Dawn said...

I realize the Nuthatch was angry, but I wonder if he realizes how beautiful his display was. ;-)