I woke up Tuesday morning to cold temperatures, cloudy skies and calm wind. At first the feeders were void of birds, but then the usual suspects showed up. I was in the kitchen making my breakfast when suddenly this little bird appeared! I held my breath and stopped everything. Fortunately my camera was only a few steps away, but would this little nuthatch wait? Yes it did! Yesterday I went out looking for birds but today the birds came to me. I have not seen a red-breasted nuthatch since I moved back here from Arizona. I have been looking for them all over New England but I had not seen any. I was beginning to wonder if I ever would, but then, bliss! This is a new yard bird for me, a new Essex County bird for me and a new Massachusetts Life Bird! In fact, the last time I saw one of these little birds was in Falmouth Maine 6-28-09. It visited my suet at least twice on this day and I was able to get a few nice photos.
Between the birds I saw on Plum Island, this Red-breasted nuthatch, and the Carolina Wren that finally showed up during the blizzard on Wednesday, these are the birds species I have added to my Big January count bringing my total up to 43 species of birds.
Note: Bold lettering denotes start of new location. All species following bold entry were seen at that location.