the Squeaky Brown-Headed Nuthatch
POSTED: March 11, 2014

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Nikon D5100, f/6.3, ISO-200, Nikkor 200-400mm lens w/ 1.4 Teleconverter, 550mm - March 9, 2014


This past weekend, a friend and I headed south for Cape Henlopen State Park in Sussex County, Delaware with hopes of observing and photographing a Brown-Headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla).

After getting a tip on where the Brown-Headed Nuthatches were being seen, right at the Nature Center, we decided to hang out at the feeders just to get a glimpse of this soon to be life bird for both of us.  About fifteen minutes went by before I noticed a bird fly into a pine tree above us.  It was the Brown-Headed Nuthatch! 

We spent some time observing and photographing the bird at the feeders, but we both wanted photographs in a more natural setting.  This turned out to be tougher than I thought, as these little birds do not stop at all but rather are constantly on the move.  I managed to take this photograph as this bird briefly perched before taking off back into the cover of the pines.

What stuck out most about these birds are their "squeaky" calls.  Like a rubber ducky toy, these birds are quite fun to listen to.  Cape Henlopen State Park seems to be the most nothern part of their range as they are quite common in the southeast region of the United States.


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Comments  

# Ashley Beolens 2014-03-12 01:44
UK birder here, very odd, this is the second post I have seen today of these stunning little birds (first time I had heard of them was today as well), they are really great looking. Excellent photo
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