Red-breasted Nuthatch

 

There is a narrow strip of bushes and trees in front of my building and the apartments next door. I see gray squirrels and birds like house sparrows, black-capped chickadees, and crows there all the time, but usually nothing out of the ordinary.

So imagine my surprise when I pulled into a parking space one August day last year and saw this red-breasted nuthatch clinging to a tree close to my car. I was thrilled because it was not only my first nuthatch sighting, but I serendipitously had my camera with me.

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