Yay! The two week super chill has left the city! I celebrated by going for a walk through the forest in a balmy -6 ℃.
Though I visit the north end of Mill Creek Ravine Park regularly and often hear nuthatches (Red-breasted or White-breasted… I can’t always differentiate their calls), I don’t usually get a good look at them and I rarely get good photo opportunities. So I was quite jazzed when this little bird let me stand nearby while he excavated a hole.
Red-breasted Nuthatches excavate holes in soft, dead wood for roosting in winter and as nests during the breeding season. It seems too early in the year to build a nest so perhaps this nuthatch needed a new roosting spot. Red-breasted Nuthatches roost in pairs. Black-capped chickadees excavate similar roosting holes, but these are usually used by only one chickadee (https://www.aiwc.ca/2700-2/).