There it was, and not alone. My thought was, “this is a pair.”
Usually subjects with feathers disappear before this photographer is prepared. And, one of the two did fly away. But, one cautiously allowed photos.
Red-breasted nuthatches go with trees. Coniferous or deciduous trees make suitable habitat for these insect eaters. Just a bit longer than 4 inches weighing about the same as 8 jumbo paper clips, the Red breasted Nuthatch can effortlessly conceal itself. With equal ease it moves up and down the trees where it lives searching for its next portion of insect protein.
We know woodpecker beaks expertly excavate nest cavities. Red-breasted nuthatch beaks are capable of mining a nuthatch size nest cavity. Since both the male and female work as a team the task is done with the power of two. Red-breasted nuthatches choose a decayed tree limb, sometimes a rotting stump and often the soft wood of the Aspen tree.
An unusual nesting behavior has been given to the Red-breasted Nuthatch. Both male and female line the nest entrance and the upper interior part of the nest with pine resin. This creates an effective predator guard for the female as she incubates and the young after hatching. How did they acquire this protective behavior?
Hidden inside nest cavities skillfully constructed, instinctively concealed, and protected by a specialized security system, even experts know little about the development of young Red-breasted Nuthatches.
We do know this: Red-breasted Nuthatches are here because God placed them on the earth to ‘inhabit” His created blue planet. From the Bible, in the book of Isaiah we read of God’s plan and His sovereign power: “For this is what the Lord says—he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—he says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:18)
We may explain the presence of the Red-breasted Nuthatch as a member of a food web. But, Isaiah gives us a reason we may overlook. These beautiful little birds are here because God put them on earth to be one of its inhabitants. They fit in a food web which God created. The Red-breasted Nuthatch reminds us God is the all-knowing, infinite, powerful Creator.
Know too God is perfect in love. In the same chapter God speaks these words: “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22) God’s love is for you, it’s His eternal life plan, that we may be inhabitants of heaven.
It begins with Jesus.