A Nuthatch "sunning"

Happened to be near the feeding log with camera when one of the Nuthatches came to take some live mealworms and then returned to do a spot of sunning  !   First time I've ever seen a Nuthatch doing this so was thrilled it decided to spread it's wings and tail out right in front of me and work that preening gland  !    

This is when it was first getting settled in before taking up the full sunning position ...............

and then plonked itself down and spread out like a flattened pancake    lol

taken out that annoying piece of foliage ! ...............

then a couple more pics later - this is the female I think judging by the ruffled breast feathers, maybe the same bird 

males tend to have more tan or rusty colour on their flank

in need of a preen ..............

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Regards, Hazel 

"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Fabulous photos Hazy, & pleased to find one of your posts in this muddle of a forum! Funnily enough our chickens used to look like that when having a dust bath. Mybe sun baths & dust baths are equally good. Living in a shower only house, maybe I should try it in the garden! LOL
    I wish we got Nuthatches too!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Lovely pics aitch ... was watching my Spadgers enjoying a dust bath today, dear little souls! Still never seen a Nuthatch for real!

     

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  • They do love to sun themselves, mind you so have I this past few days!! Not flat out like a pancake though!

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • How fantastic Hazel! Wonderful photos.

    Regards, AnnaB

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  • Can't blame Nutty taking advantage of this afternoon's sunshine, gorgeous photos Hazy. How to be totally relaxed, I think we could learn a lot from the birds:-)

    Lot to learn

  • Great set. Never seen a Nuthatch do that - probably relaxing after the youngster in your more recent post fledged!

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Absolutely lovely, Hazel - we saw one at Lackford Lakes today, but only briefly. He was quite aggressive with any other birds coming to get "his" sunflower seeds. LOL. I love that shade of blue, and how it complements the buff... the makings of a fashion statement, I feel!
    Karen B Suffolk
  • Thanks all, it was certainly a rare sighting to see a Nuthatch sunning; I put it on Birdguides and they must have thought it so unusual they honoured me with being selected for photo of the week lol
    :@ Karen, they sure are feisty litte birds and the tit members back off the food if Nutty is around !!

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Your fab photos certainly deserve recognition Hazy! I agree about them being feisty, we saw 2 of them having a terrible fight on a campsite a few years ago, & it's stuck in my memory, it was very frightening.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France