After years if photographing White-breasted Nuthatches at the feeders I was surprised Sunday morning when a male Red-breasted came running down the tree. I have seen the Red-breasted nuthatches occasionally in our area but they have been few and far between and never before has one appeared at our naturalized bird feeders nor had I ever had the opportunity to photograph one.
Compared to the White-breasted the RB is a much smaller bird and its movements were more rapid. On another note, although it was the first time observing this bird it was quite comfortable with me and the camera following its movements from 10-15 feet away.
Having a new species to photograph made the morning more interesting.