Monday, October 18, 2010

A New Bird

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).

13 comments:

Upupaepops said...

I call them walking woodchips

shaggy and brown they go up trees sand blend right in

here they will sometimes respond if I whistle their call

pee-peedy peep peep high and thin

Woodswalker said...

"Walking woodchips!" That's a good one! Such a sweet little bird and hardly ever seen because it looks just like the bark of the trees it inches up. You had a delightful surprise. Thanks for sharing it with us.

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Oooh! We have those down here in the woods but don't see them much! They are so cute! Their little hop, hop, hop!

Jabacue said...

What a great shot Louise! A Brown Creeper....Just looked it up in the Peterson Field Guide of Eastern Birds. In summers it can be found here in Nova Scotia as well. I have never seen one here. Learn something new everyday! Thanks.
Jim

Ellen Rathbone said...

And just as sweet is the mnemonic used to remember the brown creeper's song: "Trees, trees, pretty little trees."

Canyon Girl said...

You are so observant, what a great find and photo. I can't seem to ever get the hang of taking pictures of birds.

The Cottage Garden Farmer said...

What lovely photos, the bird is so well camouflaged against the bark of the tree. Lovely

Terry said...

I had to look at the first photo twice before I found the bird! Very nice.

barefootheart said...

Great photos, Louise! Jeepers! A creeper! They're hard to spot. Good eye!

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

you have a real talent there!

Sharon said...

Great eye, I never would have spotted him! Cute little bugger!

Flartus said...

I know what you mean about being familiar with the local wildlife. I could name every bird and most plants I saw growing up in NE Ohio...but then I moved south, and have to start another lifetime's worth of learning!

That is a good picture; I recognized that brown creeper immediately. I don't think I'll ever learn my new home's flora and fauna that well.

Madi and Mom said...

Good Wednesday morning!!
I don't think I've ever seen a brown creeper either. We have lots nuthatches they are all so cute. Birds are very active at the feeders. Now is the season to buy lots of seed and suet.
Have a good day,
Madi and Mom