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Pygmy Nuthatch - nest-building

A Pygmy Nuthatch, Sitta pygmaea, enlarging a hole in a stump of Ponderosa Pine. 

Pygmy Nuthatches are very acrobatic and can be seen climbing the trunks and branches of trees in search of insects and seeds.

Pygmy Nuthatches are very acrobatic and can be seen climbing the trunks and branches of trees in search of insects and seeds.

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Alternating digging out the hole like a woodpecker and bringing the chips out and releasing them with a vigorous head shake.

Alternating digging out the hole like a woodpecker and bringing the chips out and releasing them with a vigorous head shake.

Nesting herons

Another sign of spring - a colony of Great Blue Herons building their nests.

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No herons in this one - just sunrise coming behind the leafless trees and the glassy surface of a pond.

No herons in this one - just sunrise coming behind the leafless trees and the glassy surface of a pond.

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