Friday, January 15, 2016

Red-breasted Nuthatch

We raced up to Duluth on 2 January on our successsful quest for the Ivory Gull and Great Grey Owl. We saw few other birds. In my post on the gull, I mentioned that birders fed the bird salmon filets. I wondered if this was different from attracting passerines at a bird-feeder.  Duluth birders have established a few feeders throughout the Sax-Zim bog. The feeders attracted most of the birds we listed.

We were a bit taken aback by the dozen cars of birders parked at a feeder on Admiral Road. The esthetics of the situation were further marred by the birders’ standing around the feeder and outside of their cars. A few birds ignored the birders—Black-capped Chickadees, Gray Jays, and this Red-breasted Nuthatch. A woman spread peanut butter on every available surface—on tree trunks, branches, and even on weeds.  The nuthatch did not seem to mind. The bird took the peanut butter directly from her out-stretched hand.

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