A Few of My Favorite Birds (29): Nuthatches…Don’t Get Your Pinfeathers Ruffled!

Nuthatch about to defend his right to feederI’m not sure which bird first inspired the saying, Nuthatch. Ruffled Pinfeathers copy “Don’t get your pinfeathers ruffled,”  but of all the birds in our backyard, Nuthatch. Hackles up! 3.5.15+ that saying is most apt for our white-breasted nuthatches! Nuthatch trying to drive off pigeon 3.6.15  Albeit grouchy about defending their right to the bird feeder, Nuthatch Dance 3.5.15 and all the antics they go through to discourage other contenders Pigeon Fluffed up (including birds 4 times their size who are totally unimpressed), Nuthatch dancing 2 I think nuthatches are delightful little birds, and I enjoy them every day! Nuthatch on tree branch Nuthatches mate for life and live year-round in southern Michigan.  Nuthatch 11.4.13 They are compact little birds—only about 6 inches long—with short legs, Nuthatch long claws, long, very sharp beaks with a slight upward turn, Nuthatch Backview a beautiful pattern of bluish-grey and black feathers on their backs, a black cap, Nuthatch Profile  bright black eyes that look like they’ve been enhanced with black eyeliner, Nuthatch Cold and Sleepy and  snowy white breasts. (This one was fluffed up for the zero-degree weather.) Nuthatch The females are almost indistinguishable from the males, Nuthatch Summer profile although males have more distinct chestnut coloring on their underside, Nuthatch Tail feathers 2.23.15especially around their tails. Nuthatch head down with seed If you have any doubts, you can also recognize them by their propensity Nuthatch upside down on tree for landing upside-down and working their way down trees Nuthatch working way down tree 03.12.15 in search of insects and seeds. Nuthatch breaking see in wood Nuthatches also have the somewhat unique habit of stuffing a seed or nut into a crack and hammering it with their sharp beak Nuthatch pecking like a woodpecker “woody-woodpecker style” until they “hatch” the nut! Nuthatch cracking seed We have a crevice on our old wooden railing that’s a favored spot for industry, Nuthatch 4.24.12and as we also live in a deciduous woods at the edge of a lake Nuthatch 5.15.14 (an especially appealing nesting ground for nuthatches), 2 Nuthatches at Feeder 3.18.13 …and because we try to keep our larder full, Nuthatch landing we always have a plentiful supply of these feisty little guests! Nuthatch waiting turn 3.9.15As with all the birds in our backyard, I learn life lessons from observing them, Nuthatch long beakand what’s obvious to me from watching white-breasted nuthatches is that Nuthatch Ruffled Pinfeathers! 3.9.15I should be more understanding and not get my pinfeathers ruffled by others! Nuthatch defending feeder 3.6.15There’s room for everybody in our Father’s world, and He provides amply for all  Pigeon not interested in moving(even for those who are very big and appear threatening).  Nuthatch 5.23.14Instead of getting all excited trying to defend ourselves or becoming anxious,Nuthatch Baby let’s keep calm and pray on! NuthatchBut I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:44-45). Nuthatch landing 2.23.15

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