When you have lived in the same place for as long as I have, you become very familiar with the birds and beasts that live there. I love seeing them all, time and again. Sometimes, like with the turkey ladies, you get to the point where you feel that you know them.
Yesterday, though, I saw a bird I had never seen before. I looked out the window, saw a bird on the trunk of the maple tree and thought, "oh, a nuthatch." Then I did a double take, because this bird was brown and white, not grey, black and white, and, it was a much slimmer bird than the nuthatches. I grabbed my camera, and took some pictures. Here's the best of them.
My first thought was that it was a different type of nuthatch, but a little research told me that this was a brown creeper. How cool! All these years, and I have never seen one before. Here's a clearer picture that I got from the net (free files).