Photo of the Day: Red-breasted Nuthatch

by John Briggs on January 13, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Maine Birds, Photo of the Day

Red-breasted Nuthatch – Sitta canadensis

Also know as my little buddy.

The Red-breasted Nuthatch is my favorite bird. We have a pair wintering here at home, and along with the Chickadees, hang around the feeders when I fill them.

I took the following photo this morning, the day after a huge nor’easter raked the state of Maine with heavy snow and very high winds. Here in Bath, I recorded 16 1/2″ of snow which fell at the rate of 2″-3″ an hour during the height of the storm. Just before daylight, I shoveled a path to the feeding stations and cleaned and filled the feeders. Once the sun rose, guess who was the first bird to the feeder? My little buddy of course!

All photos taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click the photo below for a full-sized view.

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis

Happy birding!



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