Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tree Walkers

This morning about 8AM I saw 2 Downy Woodpeckers on the oak tree near the deck. While watching the Downy Woodpeckers a Brown Creeper appeared on the oak, number 7 if I recall correctly. I was not fully awake and wearing jeans, tee shirt and socks, I grabbed the camera, memory card and battery and walked out on the deck. Still winter this was not the best discussion to be out there in a tee and socks, but I managed to get a few photos of the Downy Woodpecker and the Brown Creeper was on a higher limb and I got 2 photos of it also.
 Here is the Brown Creeper, it is tiny so don't let the photo fool you.  Notice the tail, the feathers are stiff and the creeper uses the tail to help it walk up trees. Creepers almost always spiral their way up trees and rarely(if ever) do they go down the tree. This guy I was hopeful it would check out my suet feeder as it got 3 inches from it and just kept climbing the tree.
Here is the White-breasted Nuthatch, they climb up and down the trees at will. These are very curious and can make a lot of noise. 

Downy Woodpecker a tree walker also. I love watching this small woodpecker edging its way along the tree. See how tiny the bill is? The Hairy Woodpecker looks a lot like the Downy but it is larger and the bill is about 50% longer. Hairy Woodpeckers tend to visit very dead trees and they like to knock off the bark while searching for beetles under the bark.
The other tree walkers we have here not shown are Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers(winter resident only), Yellow-shafted Flicker, Piliated Woodpecker and rarely during bad winters Red-breasted Nuthatches.

Other small birds like Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren and Tufted Titmouse to name a few will once and a while walk a little on the sides of trees too.


The Giraffe Head Tree said...

OH! I so love your blog!!!!! Such beautiful bird photos, the "ice spiders," the glorious bottle tree and your doggie, Dot! What kind of a pup is Dog? She looks similar to ours. Thank you so much for visiting my blog - now I've found YOU and will likely stalk you - lol!!! I'm thinkin' I need to see a brown creeper now....

Randy Emmitt said...

Dot is not much a pup any more she is 15 years old and a Jack Russel Terrier. I have been visiting your blog for weeks now really enjoy your photos!

LKW said...

Wow, the Brown Creeper is interesting -I'm quite sure I've never noticed one (and your photos are wonderful as usual).

The nuthatches and woodpeckers are regulars around here, too.

Watching the birds that work the trees is totally fascinating.

Thanks for a great post!

Kim and Victoria said...

Nice pics. That nuthatch is sooo pretty.

Just Jenn said...

I do adore the little Nuthatch with the seed in its beak. Nice shot and I hope you got back inside quick to warm up your tooties!

Randy Emmitt said...

This morning when I first looked at the suet feeder on the oak tree there was a Brown Creeper getting suet! It was fairly brief as two squirrels chased it off. This officially makes the Brown Creeper a new bird at our feeders!

Southern Lady said...

Great pics. I have several different types of woodpeckers around here, but I have been unable to get good shots of them. I loved seeing yours up close. Carla

Anonymous said...

Hi Randy, your bird photos are amazing!! All of them are so beautiful! Tree walkers...must be fun watching them! I've never managed a decent shot of the woodpecker that I sometimes see in my neighbourhood.

Rosey said...

Nuthatches are in my neighborhood too. They like to nest in the holes in our house that the woodpeckers make. Our house must look like a giant birdhouse or something. It gets quite noisy in the spring with all that pecking on our house. I kind of think it's cute but my husband disagrees completely.

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