A Big Appetite

24 Feb

I set a bowl of peanuts out for the squirrel.  After all, he convinced me that he was horribly cold and neglected and needed some.  (Don’t tell Millie and Bud.)

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I noticed my bowl was emptied, but I never saw who took them.  I hadn’t seen the squirrel.  I hadn’t even noticed any blue jays around.  So who showed up when I refilled it?

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The nuthatch!

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He actually carried that whole peanut off!

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26 Responses to “A Big Appetite”

  1. Jan February 24, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    Wow;I never thought the nuthatch was your culprit! Good for him. Guess they wanna eat too. Do they hoard I wonder;or do they eat them fast? Interesting. I made some homemade bird food yesterday & put out;I’ll have to add some shelled peanuts next time! 🙂

    • Teresa February 24, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

      I’m guessing they use that impressive beak to open it and eat the peanuts out. I was surprised he took it all though.

  2. Mary Ann February 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

    I want some nuthatches here 🙂

    • Teresa February 24, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

      They are fun to watch. They are such active little birds.

  3. TexWisGirl February 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

    what a cutie.

    • Teresa February 24, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

      They are! I do enjoy watching them.

  4. mishunderstood February 24, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    We just did the same thing here with some hazelnuts left over from mixed nuts at Christmas. They disappeared during the day….wish I could have seen the squirrels carry them off….well, at least I think it was squirrels! 🙂

    • Teresa February 24, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

      I don’t think the squirrel has even gotten one yet. LOL

  5. Tracy February 24, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    Goats everywhere would riot if they saw what you did with those peanuts! 😉

    • Teresa February 24, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

      I know. That’s why I said not to tell Millie or Bud. I have too many goats to walk out there with peanuts. LOL I do need to sneak some out to Millie though.

  6. Erika February 24, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    So cute. I have never heard of this bird before. Hope your weather is going to warm up soon for you.

    • Teresa February 24, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

      They are such fun, active little birds. I love watching them!

  7. Margaret February 24, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    I am sure he thought that he had hit the jackpot that day. That peanut is nearly as big as his head!

    • Teresa February 24, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

      I know! I couldn’t believe he could actually pick it up and fly away with it.

  8. Eileen February 25, 2015 at 5:23 am #

    I love the cute nuthatches, great series.. Have a happy day!

    • Teresa February 25, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

      Thanks, Eileen. You too!

  9. Lea February 25, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    Great series of photos with a surprise ending!

    • Teresa February 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

      Thanks, Lea. I was surprised with who was eating the peanuts.

  10. Jeanne February 25, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    What a cute story!! The nuthatch is very pretty – I’ve never seen one. Wouldn’t it be fun to see where he took it and watch him eat it – or whatever he did!! I won’t say a word to Millie!

    • Teresa February 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

      It would be fun to see how he managed to eat it. I’m guessing that long pointy beak was good for opening it up.

  11. pattisj February 25, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    Your secret is safe with me. Cute Nuthatch. I’ve seen a Tufted Titmouse carry them away, too. Guess you do what you can when you’re cold and hungry.

    • Teresa February 25, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      The weather was pretty nice that day. Now today, is cold and nasty. I just filled the feeders for them again.

      • pattisj February 25, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

        We got a couple inches of snow Tuesday, sunshine today melting it, 3-6″ of snow, sleet, and 25 mph winds expected tonight. Thankfully, I only have to go out to fill feeders.

      • Teresa February 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

        Crazy weather this winter!

  12. Pat February 25, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Cute little culprit. Probably stashing them away.

    • Teresa February 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

      They certainly emptied the bowl in no time flat!

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