This morning I was able to catch on film something I've seen a number of times before (but never had a camera readily available until today.) We have several feeders on our back porch, and I have my desk by the window so I can look down onto them and watch the birds when I am working.
Today I caught a Nuthatch using part of our porch to hold a black oil sunflower seed in place so that it could crack it open to get at the meat inside. I feel very luck to have caught this wonderful behavior on film!
Here's the Nuthatch perched on the porch railing:
He (or she?) grabs a sunflower seed, and jams it into a nailhead hole in the railing:
Then using his long sturdy beak, he pounds at it until the shell is removed:
And then pecks out the white nut meat inside:
Amazing use of avian intelligence (and our aging porch railing) to get at the inside of the seed! Nuthatches are brother B's favorite bird, and I thought he'd like to see this series of one of those clever birdies in action today. This one's for you B. XOXO