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Brown Creeper Elegy

artwhiz47

Hamburg, United States

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This little Brown Creeper was found by my husband, lying on the street in downtown Buffalo, NY. It had evidently flown into a building, & it didn’t survive, but I had a chance to study & photograph it. Curiously, a few years ago, the same thing happened with another Brown Creeper, though that story had a happy ending. That bird was unconscious for more than an hour, but eventually it came to, hopped onto the edge of its box, looked at us accusingly, then flew into a tree & began behaving as a Brown Creeper should. The Brown Creeper, Certhia americana, or Certhia familiaris americana, is about 4 inches long, & unlike Nuthatches which generally make their way down the trunks of trees head-first, the Creeper creeps upward, spiralling around the trunk, looking for insects. They are considered to be woodland birds, & they are often hard to spot in that environment. But during migration, all bets are off, & cities get in the way. For this to have happened to us twice is remarkable. Brown Creepers can be found throughout most of the US & in southern Canada. In Europe they occur as the Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris.

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