Date: 4/20/17 4:52 pm
From: Bruce Smithson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Late (?) or new Resident Red-breasted Nuthatch Carolina Beach S. P., NC


When my wife's cleaning ladies came this p.m., I decided to get out of their hair and headed for Carolina Beach S.P. to see what spring blossoms might be in bloom and to try a spot or two for a Prothonotary Warbler. Lots of Fetterbush, some Pitcher Plants, Pink Sundews, Blue Butterworts, and Zig-zag Bladderworts and one singing Prothonotary Warbler at the Cypress Pond.

But the pleasant surprise was a Red-breasted Nuthatch silently working some trees around the edge of the Lily Pad Pond as one approaches the pond on the trail from the Cypress Pond.

See photo: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__plus.google.com_photos_108682023475248921354_album_5877881024202840625_6411218526043744226&d=DwICaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=DtSMBqF0ZWIUticSbU3-17DZ0tXUAhaMp5s5QJj7tYI&s=pozS7KlQJTALNZk7Z6GgTwUHSskSk5gVFTVp1S_MaRE&e=

I'm thinking this guy ought to be out of here by now! An older Nat. Geo. Field Guide at my desk here says they're expanding their range southward. Could this be a new resident?:

Bruce Smithson
Wilmington, NC


 
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