Bird #98 — Red-breasted Nuthatch

sitta (a nuthatch) canadensis (of Canada)

Thursday, December 27, 1979 — 9:30 am

McNaughton, Wisconsin — Fort Wilderness Road

I went out by myself to look for birds, and particularly for this bird.  During the summer of 1978, when I worked for Dad landscaping his yard, I spotted a Red-breasted Nuthatch in a tree by the septic field.  I was just getting interested in birds then, although I hadn’t started listing.  I followed it around for a while and managed to get a good enough look that I was able to find it in a field guild later.  But I still hadn’t seen one since I started listing, and that was my quest.

The road to Fort Wilderness cuts through woods about a quarter mile from Mom and Dad’s house, on the other side of the Trepte property.  Along the road is a depression filled with small evergreens.  I spotted the nuthatch in amongst these trees in company with a handful of chickadees.  As I watched them, Ken wandered up and watched with me.

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