…a very small (4.3-5 inches!) species of River Kingfisher (Alcedinidae) that is native to northern Queensland and the north Northern Territory in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. Little kingfishers are often seen in open forest, woodlands, swamps, mangroves, and other sufficiently wet places. Where, like other kingfishers it will plunge dive for small fish and aquatic invertebrates. Little kingfishers will nest on the banks of rivers, nesting typically occurs from October through March.
Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla) at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, NC. I love these guys! They sound like little squeaky toys and are cooperative breeders, which means that many birds will work together to raise a single clutch of eggs– in essence, they’re the pygmy nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) of the east.
(Or is the pygmy nuthatch the brown-headed nuthatch of the west?)
PEEP. Yeah, yeah, another shorebird. But these guys are so fun to watch as they stamp their little peets around the intertidal! Unfortunately it seems that the passage migrants have continued their flight to northern tundras to breed. I haven’t seen any in the past few days!