Photography of Birds – Set # 261

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

The Brown-headed Nuthatch is regularly observed using small chips of bark, small twigs, and pine needles held in its beak as tools to dig for insects. The nuthatch exhibits other curious behaviors such a cooperative groups where groups of 3-5 adults provide care at a single nest. Recent genetic assessments suggest some of the putatively non-breeding adults associated with these groups may actually breed with individuals in neighboring territories. This nuthatch also exhibits a wide range of other social behaviors that include social grooming and male-female duets similar to those observed for the Pygmy Nuthatch.

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

These birds hop along tree branches searching for insects, sometimes hanging upside down or hovering; they may make short flights to catch insects in the air. Insects form a large part of their diet, especially in summer; seeds and berries become important in winter. They sometimes hammer seeds on a tree or shrub to open them; they also will store seeds for later use.

Β© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

8 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 261

  1. Lovely to see both these species, HJ, for we do not have either of these in Calif. I’ve seen the Carolina Chickadee plenty of times while visiting the east, but never have seen the brown-headed nuthatch, so it’s wonderful to see it here. Thank you.

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