Brown Creeper

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 49 Brown Creeper Length 5 1/2 inches This curious little climber of tree trunks is fairly common throughout the United States in winter. In the minds of bird-lovers he is usually associated with Downy Woodpeckers, Chickadees and Nuthatches, for, like them, he enlivens our winter woods, and also comes about our homes for the suet that is provided. The spiral clamberings of the Brown Creeper are indeed interesting to observe. Wholly oblivious of your presence, he climbs persistently around the boles of trees, peering into bark crevices and crannies for the small insects and larvae that make up his diet. When he reaches the top of the tree, or the place where the limbs begin to branch, he usually drops to the base of the next, and again begins his spiral ascent. He progresses by little hitches and jumps, and his movements are accompanied by faint and high pitched "screeps" or "tseeps," which are emitted with much regularity. In addition to these notes, the Brown Creeper is said to possess a song of indescribable sweetness. The nest is placed behind loose bark on dead trees or stumps, and is usually not far from the ground. The eggs are from five to eight, white and speckled with brown. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Certhiidae Scientific name: Cernthia familias Range: Eastern North America, breeding from northern tier of states northward, and southward in the Rocky Mountains into Mexico. Winters throughout the United States. No. 49 from set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States. Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies, 1974 Broadway, New York City. Price per set, in a box, $1.00 post paid

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