Blurry birds from the in-laws yard

There’s been a pair of yellow-bellied sapsuckers in my in-laws yard every time I visit. They move pretty quickly from tree to tree and rarely stay still. My mother-in-law says she hears them banging on the side of the house every once in a while.

I think both this one and the below are black-capped chickadees or carolina chickadees. They were very high up in the trees. They are pretty common here in Atlanta but it’s the first time I’ve seen one.

Chewing on a leaf.

I don’t know what the above is. At first from far away I thought it was a carolina wren. But the colors on the face look different. It looks a little like a brown nuthatch or female red breasted nuthatch. I haven’t seen one that looks like this in Florida. Any ideas?

It was a beautiful weekend and I spent a little time wandering around their yard looking high up in the trees. Their yard is filled with old tall pine trees so the birds stayed up pretty high.

Camera Critters

11 thoughts on “Blurry birds from the in-laws yard

  1. I hope to see one of those woodpeckers in my area…the habitat range maps show they’re not here, but I’ve talked with other birders in my area and they say they are. I keep hoping.

    Hope you’ll link this post to the Bird D’Pot and share with others!!! GREAT images.

  2. Not red-breasted nuthatch…the one I am watching on my feeder has black cap and strong black line through eye with white “eyebrow” line above. I think you are right about brown-headed, you are in the right range and the brown head is pretty diagnostic. Pygmy nuthatch is pretty rusty colored underneath, but you are way east of its range.
    I am with Phil, everything should sit still like a GBH!

  3. Hi there – nice set of pictures – given that I am well out of my patch here I say its a Nuthatch and leave it at that!

    Thanks for linking to WBW. I was in Oman all last week, hence the slow reply!

    Stewart M – Australia

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