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Nuthatch Fun Today

This White-breasted Nuthatch was teasing me all day with opening seeds in my window feeder. I happen to pull out my point-and-shoot camera and captured this mini video clip. It would take the seed, place it in the crack and chip away at the shell to open the seed. Yes – my windows are dirty.

I am extremely happy that blip.tv has finally worked out the code for adding video clips to wordpress blogs!!! Expect many more fun video clips from me here in the near future!

BIRD BANDING NEWS FOR THE DAY

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Today I recaptured a male Red-breasted Nuthatch who I had first banded on the 5th of October 2005 (I have caught this guy a few times now). I have 5 or 6 Red-breasted Nuthatch who have been banded around the office but I seriously think this little guy probably visits my window feeder more than any other of those nuthatches. I always love watching him climb up and down the window frame.

18 responses

  1. This video is awesome Mon@rch! I love how the white-breasted nuthatch sticks the seed in the crack to open it and flips the shells all over the place.
    I love your Red-Breasted Nuthatch photo – how do you know it’s one that you banded? He must be really comfortable with you and all the food you provide!
    Looking forward to more videos from you!

    26 January 2007 at 8:04 pm

  2. Thanks Pam! Each banded bird has its very own number which helps identify it as that specific individual. Ya, I did think this video turned out alright! I did have another that I thought was just as good but too many people talking in the background!

    26 January 2007 at 9:28 pm

  3. Cool, thanks for the explanation on the band id!
    Tell everyone to be quiet next time you capture good video – LOL! Or just post it anyways and tell us to turn the volume down. Anway, I wouldn’t mind it if it were you talking! Hint hint! 😉

    26 January 2007 at 9:39 pm

  4. Ok, I’m going to admit I don’t know much. How do you capture a bird and brand it? I couldn’t view the clip but I’ll try again tomorrow. That’s a very pretty little bird.

    26 January 2007 at 9:57 pm

  5. @ NatureWoman! I have many fun little nature video’s that I should be able to upload!! A few of them are edited to music, ect..
    @ Mary – thanks we band the birds with little metal bands that we place over their leg! It is almost like us humans wearing watches! One of these days, I will have to do a post on how we band the birds! Hmm, not sure why the video didn’t work for you! I tested it on a few different browsers! I know that QuickTime kicks in when I press the video! Maybe that is why??

    Is anyone else having this problem with the video?

    26 January 2007 at 10:14 pm

  6. Cool video of a cool bird. Bird videos are an underused resource for bird info. Keep posting your videos!

    26 January 2007 at 10:26 pm

  7. I understand the banding part but how do you capture a bird? Curious… I have a lot to learn. My internet connection is slow tonight. I’ll try the clip tomorrow.

    26 January 2007 at 10:27 pm

  8. Marg

    Hey Tom; that clip was excellent, I loved watching that nuthatch.

    26 January 2007 at 10:41 pm

  9. @ Birdfreak & Veery – thanks and now that blip.tv will allow me to, you can expect more nature videos for sure!
    @ Mary – we have many different methods for catching birds!! Most of the time we capture them in mist nets. You must be Federal and State Permitted to capture migratory birds (which I am permitted).
    @ Marg – thanks and glad that I had a chance to get a shot of it!

    27 January 2007 at 4:31 pm

  10. More videos! More videos!

    27 January 2007 at 5:40 pm

  11. He must like you that he keeps getting caught!

    Neat video.

    27 January 2007 at 10:56 pm

  12. Mon@rch, thanks for the video – so cute – I was able to see it today. And thanks for answering my stupid questions 🙂

    27 January 2007 at 11:12 pm

  13. Great video! It is so informative to watch birds upclose. I’ve been watching Golden- and Ruby-crowned Kinglets these past few months while they hover and get food. I’d love to get as close to them as you did to this Nuthatch. What a beauty!

    28 January 2007 at 10:29 am

  14. Thanks Robin! I would love to spend more time watching the kinglets! Thanks for visiting!

    29 January 2007 at 8:46 pm

  15. Beautiful! This was a treat to watch. Thanks!

    1 February 2007 at 1:47 pm

  16. Thanks Photo Buffet! I have others that I hope to add here in the future!

    1 February 2007 at 7:10 pm

  17. An excellent photo!

    The sound adds a lot to the video, and you captured the bird’s typical movements.

    I observed European nuthatches nesting in a tree outside our window for quite a few summers, and they are a great fun to watch. They are always so focused on whatever they do.

    26 February 2007 at 11:42 pm

  18. gorgeous – and see, I looked over your links! thank you. 🙂

    18 February 2008 at 3:26 am

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