While other blogs are showing woodpeckers (both here in the States and overseas) in birch trees, I had a white-breasted nuthatch in the river birch in front of my house.
I went out to put something in my car which is parked in front of my townhouse when I heard the call of a nuthatch in the birch tree. I stood under the tree and saw two nuthatches searching for bugs in the exfoliating bark of the tree. I decided to go in the house and get my camera and see if I could get a half decent shot before they flew off.
Much to my surprise, they continued to forage in the tree ignoring me as I circled around the base of the tree taking as many shots of them as I could. Generally any bird in the birch will fly off as soon as they spot me, so this was a real treat.