We usually have had a pair of RB Nuthatches around for most of the year,
but not for the last few months. Two days ago, one showed up as part of
the "irruption." Looking back at my collection of emails (to the list
and to ebird,) I see that I actually recorded one banded bird in 2004
that stayed from Dec to June and possibly was breeding in our yard (see
emails copied below.)
Nari Mistry, Ellis Hollow Rd.
===copied From email dated 3/3/2004======
For several years we have had a pair of RedBreasted Nuthatches at our feeders
throughout the year and sometimes a brood of young in the summer. We always
wondered whether "our" winter nuthatches moved up north and the breeding pair
were moving up from further south. Never found their nest, although they always
fly with food directly into spruces in the backyard.
Last December we found that one of the pair was banded with an alum (USFWS)
band on the right leg. Now we had a chance to check whether the same pair
stayed around to breed.
This week the two have started exploring a wren nestbox hanging in our
backyard, and we can see that the banded nuthatch is planning to stay around
for the summer. They are trying to enlarge the small entrance hole sporadically
while going in and out. Hope they decide to use the nestbox!
Nari & Ginny Mistry
Ellis Hollow Rd., Ithaca
===copied From email dated 6/25/2004=================
Other breeding birds in our yard (Ellis Hollow Rd, Atlas Block #3769B) are :
Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Cardinal, chipping sparrows,
catbirds, chickadee, housewren, (nesting or fledglings observed)
and suspected breeders *Red-breasted Nuthatch,* White-Breasted Nuthatch,
red-bellied woodpecker. Rose-br grosbeaks are around but no fledglings
observed yet. The *banded red-breasted nuthatch resident all winter is
the one that appears to be nesting in the spruce trees--have heard
babies but not seen them yet. *
Ellis Hollow Rd.
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