the Brown-headed Nuthatch:
I began feeding birds several years ago, and it quickly became my favorite hobby. I’m not that great at photography, and I use a point-and-shoot camera, but I do get lucky sometimes and get a great, focused shot.
I recently stopped by one of my favorite stores, Wild Birds Unlimited. (http://.wbu.com/) I love to browse, look at all kinds of neat stuff, and if I’m lucky, I get to rub the store cat. The slogan of Wild Birds Unlimited is ‘Saving the World One Bird at a Time’. I like to think I do my part.
Anyway, I talked with one of the owners of WBU about a new, first time ever, perky little bird that has hung around my backyard. It has a squeaky song that sounds like a rubber duck toy. I ended up buying a nesting box (birdhouse) specifically for these little Brown-headed Nuthatches. I nailed it on our fence, in a quiet corner, that I can see from our bedroom window. As it turns out, my new, first time ever, visitor is in need of kind, human hands.
*A message from the Audubon Society:
Brown-headed Nuthatches are losing the pinewoods and dead trees they need for food and nest cavities due to urbanization and deforestation. This loss of habitat has caused the Brown-headed Nuthatch to decline in the Piedmont region. The North Carolina Audubon Society is asking for our help to put up 10,000 new Brown-headed Nuthatch homes in North Carolina by 2015.