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:

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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