Meet White-Breasted Nuthatch
The No-Child Left Inside Coalition has a video on their homepage which says “A study found that young people could identify 1000 corporate logos but fewer than 10 plants or animals native to their backyards.”
I promptly tested myself and, phew, I can identify more than 10 things in my yard. Heck, if you count my arbor day purchases, I have 10 in trees alone.
And now, thanks to optical zoom and WhatBird.com, I have even more bragging rights over the young people in the study. I can add a new bird to my total!
Since the weather has been nice this week, I’ve been working in the screened-in porch in the afternoons. Thursday, I saw this little bird hopping up and and down and pecking away at trees. I thought he was some kind of wood pecker. Made sense. He was, afterall, pecking wood. But it turns out my new friend is a White-Breasted Nuthatch.
It appears that sometimes you don’t even have to hike to learn something new about nature. Sometimes you just have to sit outside [while you play with CSS and drop shadows]. 🙂