clever nuthatch

Awhile back I reported on the Red-bellied Woodpecker that pecked a small hole into a tree in order to crack seeds open to feed his young charge. Well, this morning I saw a White-breasted Nuthatch grab a seed from the feeder and fly over to that tree, drop the seed in the same hole, and hammer it open. I wonder if the nuthatch saw the woodpecker create this little hole and decided to use it himself? Or if he just discovered it at another time while creeping up and down the tree in his usual manner. Either way, this was a fine illustration of how different species utilize the previous enterprising work of other species.

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  1. My neighbor had a cat that saw the squirrels walking on the telephone lines so he figured he'd do it too.

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