Residents And Tourists

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Friendly, fearless, and fun to watch – the Brown-headed Nuthatch is a full-time resident here in North Georgia. This little bird really is a favorite of mine, even if he does keep me running to the store to buy more peanuts!

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While I was taking this fellow’s photo the other day (he strikes a nice pose, don’t you think?) I happened to glance over at the ginormous oak beside my deck and saw a small bird spiraling up the tree trunk, probing its beak under the edges of the bark.

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It was a Brown Creeper, a touristy type of bird that likes to spend its winter in the warmer weather. These small birds, about the size of a Carolina Wren, are fascinating to watch. They start at the base of a tree and then circle their way up, using their hook-like beak to pry insects from beneath the bark. Once they have reached a certain point, they fly back down to the bottom and start over again.

When I saw my first Brown Creeper two years ago (doesn’t that sound like some sort of Scooby Doo villain?) I named him “Georgie.” I’m not really sure where the name came from; I think it had something to do with “It’s A Wonderful Life.” At any rate, when this little guy made his appearance I greeted him by name. Please don’t tell me how weird that is!

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Although he is a fair weathered feathered friend, I hope he stays around for awhile.

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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8 Responses to Residents And Tourists

  1. Sue says:

    Wow! Great photos, Kathy.

  2. avian101 says:

    Very nice pictures Kathy, I haven’t seen a Brown Creeper in years! 🙂

  3. aussiebirder says:

    Beautiful clear pics! they are stunning!

  4. We had a brown creeper on our crab apple tree Christmas day. 🙂 Love your photos of the brown-headed nuthatch. That is one I don’t get to see in my neck of the woods!

  5. Love, love, love these photos. 🙂 Happy New year, my bird loving WordPress friend.

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