Brown Creeper Carrying Food At Nest

Brown Creeper Carrying Food

Nest Photo by Greg Clark, June 2001, Mt Graham AZ

The Brown Creeper is typically found walking up the trunk of a pine tree in search of food. Exhausting a tree for food, the bird will fly to another pine nearby and begin walking from the bottom toward the top. Camoflaged to blend in with tree bark, a Brown Creeper is very difficult to spot even when moving. Usually the bird is detected by ear. What a surprise to see one of these small, elusive birds sitting on a branch, holding a bug and looking right at me. Realizing I was right on top of the nest, I set up my camera and waited for the bird to reveal the nest site. The photograph shows a typical pine loose-bark nest. Somewhere inside the bark are the babies, perhaps near where the two small sticks are protruding.



Brown Creeper At Nest SiteThis shows the bird entering the loose bark nest. It was hard to tell just where the baby birds might be because the adult bird would enter from a number of vertical locations along the bark opening. Both adults brought food to the nest at about the same time.

The sound recording for the birds at this site can be downloaded below.






Another Brown Creeper in the Sierra Nevada mountains, June, 2007 at another pine loose-bark nest site.

Photo Greg Clark, 2007

The original Brown Creeper sound recording was produced using a Sennheiser MKH70 shotgun microphone and the audio was stored on a 48 ksps DAT using a Tascam DA-P1 digital audio recorder. The recording was down-sampled to 44.1 ksps and converted to MPEG3 to reduce the file size. The recording was made June 17, 2001 at Mt Graham, AZ. The distance from the microphone to the closest bird is about 12 feet. There are two adults present, both can be heard. The recording was filtered to remove background noise and some background birds were also cut.The recording that loads and plays when this page opens is much shorter than the file that can be downloaded.

download mpeg3 recording (brcr_fil1.mp3)

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Copyright Greg Clark, 2001

update 8/2012