Territorial Nuthatch

I spied some Dark-eyed Juncos and a Cardinal couple going to town on some seeds under a tree. And it looks like a White-breasted Nuthatch was there too, flexing and trying to get the cardinal to back off. I thought it was a junco too, but the head is too dark (with just a hint of white on the sides) and the wings are too patterned.

It’s neat, though, I’ve never seen this behaviour in little songbirds. But I guess you want to protect your turf no matter your size.

31 December 2021

  • Camera: ILCE-7M3
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter: 1/350 s

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