Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Next Door Nuthatch


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After the local Gray Squirrels relentlessly chewed away at their wooden bluebird house our friends and next-door neighbors, Grant and Bill, put up this sturdy secure concrete birdhouse and a pair of Pygmy Nuthatches (Sitta pygmaea) have moved right in. I took this photo from our deck at about 8:30 this morning. We also have a pygmy pair nesting in one of our boxes back near the chicken coop.

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12 Comments:

Blogger clairesgarden said...

so lovely, I am worried for nesting birds round here, the local council are ripping all the hedges out of their rented properties, so there is nowhere left for them to go.

9:53 AM  
Blogger MojoMan said...

Concrete birdhouse! How unique! Where can we learn how to make one?

2:12 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

I bet there are some unhappy woodpeckers about.

Great idea.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

Love the concrete bird house - Wonder if there are concrete (bear proof)bird feeders? :=)
How wonderful to have the Pygmy Nuthatches! I haven't seen one since I was a kid at junior camp in Mentone.

3:24 AM  
Anonymous pablo said...

Sweet little bird. I fear, though, that those squirrels will eventually turn their teeth to this box as well.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Tabor said...

gee, is nothing natural anymore!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Wildside Musing said...

Lovely! (Oop, I see I repeated Claire!)
But lovely just the same...

9:02 PM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I've never seen a little nuthatch...they're cute.
What a good idea, a concrete birdhouse...the poor little squirrels will wear their teeth down trying to chew on that.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Gwyn said...

That should keep the squirrels busy at trying to find new methods of destruction.

What a cute bird. We don't have these around here, just the White and Red Breasted, and it looks more like a Phoebe than a Nuthatch to me. Thanks for sharing your bird!

11:43 AM  
Blogger TDharma said...

good solution -- let us know how it goes!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Lovely!

9:09 AM  
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