The White Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) is a specialised bird that has carved its evolutionary niche by seeing the world upside down.When they're not hopping down trees head first looking for insects right side up birds may have missed, nuthatches will take larger seeds, stuff them into bark crevices and bang them with their strong beaks to "hatch" the nuts. Get it? These energetic birds like to fly in a feeding flock with the company of Chickadees, Titmice, and Woodpeckers. It is speculated they can interpret the sounds of the chickadees early warning signals for hawks and other predators.
When the sun sets over World Bird Wednesday this week Suzanne and I will be flocking south with the rest of the snow birds for a brief respite from winter in Florida. We have a few birding activities planned for the week besides sunning our shinny white legs on the beach. I am excited to have rented Canons new 70-300L lens to take along. It is advertised as a great travel lens and indeed it is amazingly compact for such quality glass. What strange new birds await us? I am full of anticipation.
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