Saturday, March 30, 2013

Upside-down Nuthatch on Suet: Backyard Feeder Bird

Outside our Regina, Saskatchewan, dining room window: a Red-breasted Nuthatch on the suet feeder. Hanging upside down. Motionless.

First thought: Take its picture. Second thought: Was it stuck? After I went outside to check (camera in hand), I took a few zoom shots, during which the little bird remained still. So I talked to it, and asked if it needed help to get free — and it flicked its head sideways, released its grip on the suet holder and flew into the lilac bushes.

Red-breasted Nuthatch. photo  © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Natural inversion: upside-down Red-breasted Nuthatch 
watches the humans.   © SB

I wonder if it could be tamed? I know a place in Saskatchewan where Red-breasted nuthatches are hand-fed... (Just hold out your palm with peanuts and they'll land.)

(And a confession — when I posted a version of this image on Facebook, I rotated the nuthatch 90 degrees, which makes a more conventionally attractive picture. It's difficult to look at this bird in its actual photographed position, with sharp detail at the bottom, depth-of-field blur at the top. Our left-right, top-bottom eyes aren't used to seeing nature invert our perceptions. Which makes it all the more interesting...)

What is this? Red-breasted Nuthatch
Location: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.   
Photo date: March 27, 2013. 


1 comment:

  1. Love this... and our nuthatches. One of our favourite visitors. :)


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