White-breasted Nuthatch

I spent a couple hours at Black Forest this afternoon to pick up a few common pinewood birds I hadn’t seen yet this year. When I spotted a White-breasted Nuthatch working over a tree, I got in  good position relative to the light and took these photos.

The call of the White-breasted Nuthatches that live in the Rocky Mountains is different from that made by those in Illinois. There is some talk that they may be separate species. If they are ever split, I now have proof that I’ve seen the Rocky Mountain version.

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