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Old Aug 26, 2012, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default nuthatch (I believe) in the tree tops

These little buggers were flitting about back and forth from tree top this morning so I got out the camera and took a few snaps. These are all crops and not as sharp as I would like but still I thought worth sharing. It is hard to get a nice sharp shot of a small bird atop a 40-60+ feet tree, especially handheld. But there is to me something more special about a bird in nature as compared to on a feeder (not saying I don't like feeder shots)


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Old Aug 26, 2012, 12:56 PM   #2
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Nice ones but I don't think is is a Nuthatch.

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Definately NOT a nuthatch.
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Okay. You guys are right.. Not a nuthatch ... I am used to seeing nuthatches around and saw a white bottom and grey wings and thought nuthatch... After consulting my bird book I think it is a blue grey gnatcatcher or a grey jay, probably the later as it seemed aggressive and bigger than a gnatcatcher. Thoughts?
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Take a look at an Eastern Kingbird. The body shape and coloring looks closer to me.
The blue grey gnatcatcher definately has a different body shape than this guy.
Where are you at in New England? that might narrow it down
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Bil,

Thanks! I think you are right it could be an Eastern Kingbird. I definitely see the white tip of the tail that the Eastern Kingbird has in the first picture. I am in Southern NH about 25 miles from the coast, which would be within the Kingbird's summer range.
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Take a look at an Eastern Kingbird. The body shape and coloring looks closer to me.
The blue grey gnatcatcher definately has a different body shape than this guy.
Where are you at in New England? that might narrow it down
Definitely that is what it is. Good job IDing it.
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Don't know what it is but I like it!!1
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