Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Baby Brown Creeper WBW

1. Juv Brown Creeper-kab Juvenile Brown Creeper in Norridgewock Yard 6-9-12

When we went to Maine on Saturday to visit Gus’ parents I went out in the yard as usual to count birds. Since they no longer put bird feeders up, except for hummingbird feeders in the summer, I never know what I will find. Some days it is slim pickings, but some days I find real gems. Little did I know that today would be one of them!

2. where is the bird-kab Can you see the bird?

I went out the front door with binoculars and camera in hand and slowly started to circle the house. While I found the new phoebe nest under the eves, there were no phoebes to be found. I heard the call of an Ovenbird from the woods and heard the whistle of a Mourning Dove’s wings as it flew up from the ground. I spotted movement near a large birch tree and found a sapsucker. As I got 3/4 of the way around the yard I started to hear a constant trilling behind me, but what was it? I didn’t look at first because I know that if it were some sparrows in the woods I would probably never find them. But as the sound persisted I could no longer resist. I decided to try my luck and see what was making that noise.

3. Norridgewock creeper-kab Brown creeper picking insects from bark.

Across the driveway from where I stood on a little knoll I saw some movement. I focused in and was delighted to find a Brown Creeper! It landed on a small tree and started to work its way up the trunk stopping to pull insects from beneath the bark as it went. I was quite far away so I decided to get closer to see if I could get a better shot.

4. juv creeper-kab Juvenile Brown Creeper seen through the leaves.

Then I saw this! A tiny little thing with a shorter beak and tail than an adult!

 

5. juv creeper-kab Juvenile Brown Creeper in my in-law’s yard in Maine

I was able to get even closer, and though the tiny bird watched me warily, it never moved. I heard even more trilling from the woods and found yet anther adult and another juvenile. I suspect there was a whole family in there but I was never able to see more than two birds at a time so I am unsure of exactly how many there were. What a treat! Scholl down to see what else I saw, then click on the link to see even more birds for World Bird Wednesday!

6. snowshow hare-kab Snowshoe Hare eating minerals by the garage 6-9-12

 

7. RTHU-kab Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Norridgewock, ME 6-9-12

World Bird Wednesday

32 comments:

  1. I love your enthusiasm when you take us birding.

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  2. Great captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Beautiful shots, Kathie! I don't believe I have ever seen a brown creeper. For sure it's not on my life list. :))

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    1. EG Cameragirl, I never know where they will show up. I have seen them from Maine to Arizona! I do hope you get to see one someday.

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  4. A wonderful post.. the little creeper is a real beauty.

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    1. Andrew, I never thought I'd see a baby one!

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  5. Great photos and those little birds are so cute.

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    1. Thanks Mick! I know you have some cute ones where you live too!

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  6. The brown creeper is very nice indeed.

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  7. A great serie of photos!
    Perfect post for WBW!

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  8. Your patience paid off beautifully!
    Love that bunny!!

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  9. Carletta, I get so mesmerized and I move slowly and quietly. It helps.

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  10. How cool and what a great sighting of the baby Brown Creeper. Congrats, Kathie!

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  11. I love those cryptic creepers! Nice shot of the hummer too. Happy Birding!

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    1. Robert, they are some of my favorites!

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  12. That's a fantastic photo of the baby creeper! I don't even see the adults. Love the hummingbird, too!

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  13. Great pictures you show. Wishing you a great Wednesday :) Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

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    1. Hanne, thank you! And welcome to my blog!

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  14. Kathie, I know what it feels like to make discoveries in your backyard! You got some thrilling pictures out of it.

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  15. Hi Kathie

    What a find, what a lovely post.

    Guy

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  16. What a great capture of the juvenile creeper!

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  17. That opening image of the young Tree Creeper is just precious, and so beautifully done~

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  18. What a score Kathie! I find Brown Creepers are not all that abundant and I always feel special when I get to see one. I was lucky enough last year at Lassen Park to have a Brown Creeper nest pointed out to me and got some good shots of it. Your photos of the youngster are fabulous!

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Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.