The winter of ’03 was a particularly good year for Red-Breasted Nuthatch in the park. “RB Nuts” are an “irruptive” species, one that can be difficult to find in here in Southern New England most winters, but relatively common in others. Generally they spend much of their time feeding on cones high in evergreens, or picking over the bark of other trees looking for insects. I was lucky to find this one probing through pine cones that had fallen to the ground near the entrance to the park. The evergreen groves there are their favorite spot when they do make an appearance at Sherwood.
December 22, 2003