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Saw this tiny Brown Creeper yesterday on a drive south. They are a member of the Nuthatch Family:







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Even though the White Breasted Nuthatch is, by far, the most common Nuthatch here in NW Arkansas, in some years the Red Breasted Nuthatch comes to our area for the winter from the Northern US. The White Breasted Nuthatch is larger and stronger and the Red Breasted is smaller and faster. I have both species in my yard in Murray Valley, this year. Their antics are always fun to watch; they cling upside down, go down trees head first, grab seed and fly away, and both call with an unquestionable “YANK-YANK”. I have included photos taken from my home of both species (Canon 7D with EF600L f/4.0 Lens); White-Breasted first; Red-Breasted second:


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Today is a beautiful day, in the upper 50’s (closing in on 60F). Thunderstorms are closing in on NW Arkansas from the south-west. As of noon today they are located in NE Texas but moving in our direction. I expect some rain by dark and much of Thursday. At first the nation Weather Service predicted about 2″ or more of needed rain by late Thursday night, but now it appears that they have revised the totals downward a little since last night. We got about 0.10 inches or rain overnight last night (mostly light).

Today my favorite White Breasted Nuthatch is working the backyard looking carefully under every piece of bark and enjoying the beautiful weather. He has become a little tame to me this past year and usually just circles the tree upside down when I approach; I really have a soft spot in my heart for these Nuthatches. Guess, cause they appear Crazy !



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