February 11, 2014

Brown creeper

Brown creeper by ricmcarthur
Brown creeper, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
A good job of camouflage lets the creeper blend into the bark as it searches for food.
I rarely get close enough for a photo as the dart up and around trees probing the bark for insects.

Certhia americana

The Brown Creeper builds a hammock-like nest behind a loosened flap of bark on a dead or dying tree. It wasn’t until 1879 that naturalists discovered this unique nesting strategy.

The oldest Brown Creeper on record was at least 4 years, 5 months old and lived in Illinois.

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