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Nuthatch   Listen

Any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insects.  Synonym: nutcracker.

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"Nuthatch" Quotes from Famous Books

... Undoubtedly such things are inherited. The snowshoes of the partridge and rabbit are inherited. The needs of the organism influence structure. The spines in the quills in the tails of woodpeckers, and in the brown creeper, are other cases in point. The nuthatch has no spines on its tail, because it can move in all directions, as well with head down as with head up. I have read of a serpent somewhere that feeds upon eggs. As the serpent has no lips or distendable cheeks, and as its mechanism of deglutition acts very slowly, an egg crushed in the mouth would ...
— The Last Harvest • John Burroughs

... the river bottom. The metallic quanks of a pair of nuthatches call attention to the upper branches of a big white oak. A chickadee and one of the nuthatches see a tempting morsel at the same time. A spiteful peck from nuthatch leaves him master of the morsel and the field. But the chickadee does not care. He flies down and spies a stalk of golden-rod above the snow on which there is a round object looking like a small onion. Chickadee ...
— Some Winter Days in Iowa • Frederick John Lazell

... "how awkward I am!" The rapid tinkle of those first drops of sap in the tin pan, how well I remember it! Probably the note of the first song sparrow or first bluebird, or the spring call of the nuthatch, sounded in unison. Usually only patches of snow lingered here and there in the woods and the earth- stained remnants of old drifts on the sides of the hills and along the stone walls. Those lucid warm ...
— My Boyhood • John Burroughs

... not want to come away. He was playing I-spy with Billy Nuthatch, and it was his turn to go and hide, so Robert Robin said, "You may hide just this once, then ...
— Exciting Adventures of Mister Robert Robin • Ben Field

Words linked to "Nuthatch" :   oscine, Sitta carolinensis, Sitta europaea, Sitta canadensis, Sittidae, oscine bird, family Sittidae

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