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Just now, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Saratoga?? That's not too far from me...say if you ever happen to be in Schoharie, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, or Albany counties you can message me and try to give you some tips.

Yeah, the thing was that was before it had any time to bird. 

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I've seen White-breasted Nuthatch's and Black-capped Chickadees puff up their feathers like this. It usually happens when there are other nuthatches, or chickadees near by. What usually happens is the bird that doesn't have puffed up feathers eventually leaves, but not always. Sometimes the 'puffy' one leaves, and there have been times when both birds puff up and they both leave! Anyway, I think it's some birdy body language that communicates dominance, or a challenge to a dominant bird. Whatever the reason, it cracks me up and  reminds me of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

9_5_2022 Nuthatch one DSC_3201.jpg

9_5_2022 Nuthatch two DSC_3202.jpg

9_5_2022 Nuthatch Three DSC_3203.jpg

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