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Old May 20th, 2008, 10:29 AM   #1
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Good Morning,

Two days ago we had these small birds show up in our yard. In 28 years in this location I have never seen them. I Looked in the bird book I have and no luck.
We had 35 click winds yesterday but I shot them anyway as I am affraid they will be gone at any time. They are very small, warbler sized, very tame, unaffraid of even the cats!! I suspect they must be northern.

Wonder if anyone knows what they are???

view them here.

http://www.vimeo.com/1040855
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Old May 20th, 2008, 10:39 AM   #2
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Hi Dale,

That would be a Nuthatch.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 10:39 AM   #3
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Looks like nuthatch to me too, but a New World variation.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 10:44 AM   #4
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Guys,

Thank you so much!!!!! It makes my day!!! Are they forest dwellers??
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Old May 20th, 2008, 11:19 AM   #5
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They nest in old woodpecker holes, but make the holes smaller by plastering mud on them. They go up and down tree trunks looking for insects and larvae.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 08:44 PM   #6
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Good evening,

Over here it is called a Red Breasted Nuthatch. I got an email and apparently they are not all that uncommon here and can be here year round. Guess I have enough trees and bugs in the yard now to attract them. What a great little bird!!!!!

Thanks again.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 11:56 PM   #7
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Dale,

They don't seem to be afraid of humans

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kadacat/2245371848/

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