The little bird in the photo is a red breasted nuthatch. We have a family of them living around here for as long as I can remember. They were a daily visitor to our bird feeding stations. They like living in conifer forests. The one in this old photo is helping herself to some peanut butter.
I was distressed year ago, when I realized that they had disappeared--all of them. I wondered what had happened, and missed the little peeps they made. I was embarrassed at our Christmas bird count, because I was always happy to report that they were here.
I got a happily surprise the other morning, when I saw one again. I think it must be a newcomer, because it didn’t come to the peanut butter which was always a favorite of the others we had. I am relieved to know that they are still around, and hope they will start to take advantage of all the sunflower seeds, suet, and peanut butter I put out.
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