Here in Mendon, a suburb of Rochester in Monroe County, my little yard "forest" of mostly Norway Spruce with Douglas Fir, Red Pine and Scotch Pine has been enough to keep Red-breasted Nuthatches here and breeding all summer. Mine are ridiculously tame as well.

Pat Martin

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From: "Kevin J. McGowan"
Sent: Sep 19, 2016 10:15 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Red Breasted Nuthatches

Red-breasted Nuthatches are periodically irruptive species out of the boreal forest. They tend to go south months before other irruptives, usually first showing up in August. It looks like this is going to be an irruption year.

 

From: bounce-120802766-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-120802766-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Asher Hockett
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 10:01 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Red Breasted Nuthatches

 

Carol's post reminded me that we have had RB Nuthatches visiting our feeder for most of the summer. Lately it's been two (at least) at a time. These birds are not flustered in the slightest by my presence near the feeders. We take them down every night to discourage raccoon visits, and the nuthatches and chickadees will keep coming for seed even as I am taking the feeders off the hooks.

 

My guess is that the RB's like the Hemlock Forest we live in, as they were a rarity at Comfort Rd only 4 miles away, where we were on the edge of a mixed hardwood forest with a meadow adjoining.

 

We also still have Purple Finches and RB Grosbeaks daily, as well as the usual suspects including the audible local Ravens and Red-shouldered Hawks

 

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asher

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