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gives it excellent camouflage when
threatened by predators.
Flattening its body against the tree
trunk, it spreads its wings and ducks its
head, holding that position for as long
as 10 minutes according to Maine ornithologist William Brewster, who added,
"It was one of the prettiest demonstrations of the effectiveness of protection
coloration that I have ever witnessed."

our eastern subspecies' song is more
complex, quavering, and ends on a high
note, whereas the western subspecies is
more rhythmic and ends on a low note.
Even though their song is distinctive,
their high tsee calls are so close to those
of golden-crowned kinglets that I have
to see the bird before I can positively
identify it.
Seeing this small, brown-backed
bird, which looks like a tree-climbing
mouse, is not easy.
According to observer Winsor Marrett Tyler, it resembles a "fragment
of detached bark defying the law of
gravitation" as it hitches up a tree, using its tail as a prop and its decurved
bill to search bark crevasses for insects,
spiders and pseudoscorpions.
When it flies to another tree, it might
look like a dry leaf blowing in the wind.
Its brown head, back and tail are
broadly streaked with white, which
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I've never seen more than one brown
creeper at a time on our property, but
sometimes it is not alone.
Most often a golden-crowned kinglet
or two is nearby. Occasionally, it is part
of a larger wintering flock consisting
of black-capped chickadees, tufted
titmice, white-breasted nuthatches,
dark-eyed juncos and a selection of
woodpeckers - red-bellied, downy or
hairy.
But even though a brown creeper
might feed near them, it doesn't always
pay them much attention or follow them
as they wander.
A brown creeper may come to a
bird-feeding area, but only if it contains
a suet cage with a selection of peanut
hearts or hulled sunflower seeds, experts say.
Still, it is almost totally insectivorous
most of the year.
The closest one has come to my
feeding area was last Dec. 10, when
one briefly landed nearby on the trunk
of a large ash tree infested with emerald
ash borers.
I have seen them, however, on every
part of our square mile of forest.
They used to be more common
along the stream among our hemlocks.
But as the hemlocks have thinned,
due to hemlock woolly adelgids, this



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