Brown Creeper on Willard's Island at Hammonassett SP, CT 10-21-11
Last week my friend Kathryn and I went birding at Hammonassett Beach State Park in Connecticut. Kathryn has never been to New England before so we travelled all over the Northeast birding and sight-seeing. We found this little Brown Creeper while walking through a wooded area of Willard's Island at Hammonassett Beach State Park. Brown Creepers are tiny cryptic-colored birds that cling to the bark of trees. Unlike nuthatches, they cannot go head first down a tree trunk. Rather, they fly to the base of a tree and creep up the trunk probing for insects in the bark with their thin, curved bills. When they have gone far enough up the tree, they fly back to the base and start the climb all over again, or they fly to another tree, and continue their hunt. I am always delighted to see this sweet little bird. I hope you enjoy it also. You may click to enlarge the picture for better viewing and then click on the link to see more amazing skies from around the world!