UrsulaV (ursulav) wrote,
UrsulaV
ursulav

The brown-headed nuthatch is, I think, my favorite visitor at the feeder. He’s fairly small and timid, and his head is large in proportion to his body, which = cute. Something about the position of the stripes and the shape of the head always puts me in mind of a teeny little tree-creeping badger, although he lacks the truculence that one would expect from even a miniature badgerling (which one would expect could give your pinkie finger a savage thrashing if you angered it.) And I see him only rarely, when he gets up his nerve, and he’s easily chased off by the larger white-breasted nuthatches, who are bastards, and the bluebirds, who are bastards, and the red-bellied woodpecker, who actually seems pretty mellow, but is also about five times the size of the nuthatch, and so makes him nervous.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

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