Returning the Favor
I think a nuthatch has gained access to a computer. On Easter Sunday, two days after I posted my weekend picture featuring the White-breasted Nuthatch, I saw one just sitting on my parents’ feeder. It seemed odd, not moving at all, so I opened the door and stepped onto the deck, holding my camera with my 100mm macro lens affixed. At about five feet I stopped and took this:
As soon as I lowered my camera he took off, landed on a thick limb of a hemlock, and serenaded me with his honking-scolding.
Hemlock cone and needles
I would like to believe that the nuthatch read my post and liked it so much he decided to pose for me. Otherwise, the best explanation I can come up with is that he hit his head on the feeder as he landed and was temporarily stunned until the click of my camera awakened him. Or maybe he was wondering what he did to deserve big, nearly-hairless bipeds feeding him free food for fun and and decided he better make with a pose, and quick, before the biped with the weird, clicky-flashy, black box took the food. Whatever his reason I sure appreciate the result!