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on Sep 18, 2020 in Wildlife Photography

All Grown Up

Red-breasted Nuthatch
captured by D6 / 800mm

When we first arrived at The Ranch, its trees were rather quiet. It concerned us as we are so used to and love hearing and seeing our birds. Then miraculously a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches took up residency in one of our newly hung nesting boxes and raised a brood. Ever since then, the funny, squeaky call of the family of Nuthatches can be heard all around The Ranch much to our delight.

They are a very busy species busily moving about the property feeding, socializing, and luckily for me, constantly visiting the water feature we installed on the property. Nuthatches’ unique place in the bird world is flying to the top of a tree and then working its way down looking in the bark for a tidbit. They like to hang under branches doing the same thing. And when they head for water, yep, they keep up the same habit. The perch you see it hanging from is itself in a light stand placed to be used by the birds. And the nuthatch is waiting its turn at the water. The two adults are around every so often. Three of the kids are here all the time. And it’s so much fun to enjoy them all grown up!

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