Thursday, December 10, 2009

Prospect birds

I watched a brown creeper near the feeders in Prospect today. This small bird works its way up trunks in a spiral pattern to noodle out invertebrates in the bark. The tree limb it was on was angled towards me, and I was a little above it, so I got to look down at the bird. Noticed that its legs seemed more splayed than even the white-breasted nuthatch (another bark-hugger) in the same area. The toes even looked turned out somewhat. This must help it get a grip on the tree.

Other birds at and around the feeders: mourning dove, downy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, American robin, white-throated sparrow, dark eyed junco. Overhead were two adult red-tails courting. A merlin sculled through the air heading toward the Peninsula.

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