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!



The Zen Birdfeeder January 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

He ain't scared of you! Nice image, John.
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Chris January 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

Lucky you to have a pair wintering around… VEry very nice shots John!

Kerri January 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Stunning capture! What a great buddy to have :)
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Julie G January 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Wonderful photo! I love the Nuthatches (white-breasted & red-breasted). Their comical vocalizations always bring a smile to my face. What a fun pair to have visiting your feeders.
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Sharon January 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Ah yes, I saw one of these just the other day at someone elses house. Sweet little things. Lucky you to have a pair!

Joan January 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Great photo. That's a lot of snow–keep warm and the feeders full!
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cbabineau January 16, 2011 at 3:33 am

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