Black-capped Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches
"weigh" sunflower seeds.
With my back to the window I could tell whether a nuthatch or a blue tit was feeding just from the sound: the blue tits with their tiny bills made gentle clicking noises as they pecked the nuts, the nuthatches
with their more powerful bill made a much louder noise.
For example, pygmy nuthatches
(Sitta pygmaea) depend on the large seeds and nesting cavities in these trees, as well as the insects that inhabit them (Kingery and Ghalambor 2001).
, thrushes, waxwings & finches love to feast on this colourful shrub even in smallest gardens
Conversely, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings (Passerina cyanea), and White-breasted Nuthatches
were more abundant in the burned than the unburned site.
More than 90 percent of the forest is not easily accessible to the public and there are still many pristine areas: Groves of yellow ponderosa at Big Cienega Springs; chaparral yucca jutting from the snow in the winters at Upper Tujunga; Lewis Falls cascading into a gorge; lupine, wild mustard and lipstick-red snow plants painting the landscape; great-horned owls, morning doves and white-breasted nuthatches
hopping from tree to tree.
We installed a concrete birdbath (soon to be replaced by a more effective dripper), and began by planting an array of sunflowers, which attract chickadees, cardinals, titmice, nuthatches
and buntings, as well as bees.
This study reports the results of an examination of two brown-headed nuthatches
, Sitta pusilla Latham and a single C.
When warm spring breezes rustle the piney woods of Big Thicket National Preserve, brown-headed nuthatches
can be seen gathering seeds overhead.
The most predominant species on burned sites were redheaded (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) (26%) and Lewis' woodpeckers (Melanerpes lewis) (53%), while the predominant species on unburned sites were red-breasted nuthatches
(Sitta canadensis) (25%) and hairy woodpeckers (Picoides villous) (50%).
Insect-eaters like flickers and nuthatches
Stuffed Cones--for blue jays, nuthatches
, cardinals, and woodpeckers
Small birds, of course, are less startling, and I can sit for hours with nuthatches
and other birds hopping around and on me.
Bluebirds, titmice, nuthatches
, chickadees, and other birds will eat peanut butter and birdseed.
Partly opened serotinous cones of Table Mountain pine also provide food for nuthatches
, chickadees, and woodpeckers, which extract seeds from gaps between the cone scales.