Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sitta pusilla
Guntersville Dam Recreation Area near New Hope, Alabama
The Brown-headed nuthatch is a small bird. It is only 4 inches long and has a wingspan from 6 1/2 to 7 inches. This little nuthatch is a bundle of energy. It rarely stays put, making it difficult to photography. They constantly flit from limb to limb or race down the trunk of trees searching for any morsel of food.
The Brown-headed nuthatch is restricted to pine forest of the southeastern southern states. This bird was photographed in a stand of Loblolly Pines on the north side of the Tennessee River. Its call sounds like a child's squeaky toy. To hear the nuthatche call click this link:
When four or five of these birds get together, they can get really noisy.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/500 second @ f/8