Date: 11/4/18 10:34 am
From: Alton Patton <adewittpatton...>
Subject: Re: nuthatches
I had red- breasted nuthatches for two days 10 days ago but not since. Guess they have moved on but I know they don't all go south since I've seen them in Minnesota in the winter snow.

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From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of dianemarie yates <maribird...>
Sent: Sunday, November 4, 2018 10:22:48 AM
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Subject: Re: nuthatches

To amend my statement, WBNU don't use the peanut or suet feeders I put out with them & woodpeckers in mind. They do, however, occasionally grab a sunflower seed on the fly.

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> On Nov 4, 2018, at 10:19 AM, dianemarie yates <maribird...> wrote:
> I haven't had either to come to my feeders in several years though they stop off in my river birches and we hear them in the woods beyond the fenced-in yard.
> Over all, I think white- breasted prefer mature hardwoods, whereas red-breasted are most plentiful among the pines.
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>> On Nov 4, 2018, at 10:11 AM, Daniel Mason <millipede1977...> wrote:
>> I think it's interesting just how many red-breasted nuthatches people are reporting this year. In the years(not that many) we've been birding, and longer that we've been watchers, I think last winter or the one before we had one at our feeder and it was not there long... maybe a day or two. This year we had one lighter one we figure may be female for days before a darker(male?) showed up. They've been sticking around quite a bit. Are they in our yard for the season?
>> Another thing I'm curious about is the white-breasted nuthatches. Normally, we see them ALL the time. I've seen a few in the yard a time or two lately but, I've seen them a LOT less than normal this season.
>> I started to wonder if the presence of the red-breasted was interfering with their normal behavior but, one day we watched both species in the same large tree not appearing to be bothered by each other.
>> In the weeks we've had the feeder up, though, we have not had a white-breasted at it at all which is quite unusual for our yard.
>> I wish I could read their minds sometimes... There are times where I like to assume or interpret their behavior to tell me what they're thinking and feeling... Lots of times it's just fun guessing of course. But this seems a mystery to me. Certainly the white-breasted have seen all the action and know our feeder is stocked by now... so, what's going on with them?
>> Daniel Mason
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