The Brown Creeper is best known for it's
very active foraging
behavior of flying to the base of a tree, spiraling upwards in search of food,
and then flying to the base of another tree to begin the process again. In
addition to constantly scouring crevices in tree bark for food, they also
build their nests under flaps of loose bark. In the
winter, Brown Creepers can often be found in mixed flocks with Chickadees and
Habitat: Prefers mature forest for
breeding, but can be found in parks and residential areas during winter and
Diet: Mostly insects. Will occasionally eat seeds, and will visit feeders in
Behavior: The vast majority of its foraging is
done by climbing on tree trunks or major branches, probing crevices for
insects and insect eggs.
Nesting: May through July
Migration: Brown Creepers are permanent residents
in much of their normal range in Canada, the Northeast U.S., the Great Lakes
area, the Appalachians, and the mountains of the west. Some birds do
migrate southward in the winter however, where they also spill out into
forested habitats across the U.S.
Similar Species: Generally distinctive in look and
habit, not likely to be confused with other small songbirds.
Bird Feeders: Will attend feeders for suet, peanuts,
and peanut butter.
Conservation Status: Due to its preference for
mature forest for breeding, they have declined in many parts of their range.
Still relatively common and widespread however.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Brown Creeper"
Photo Information: November 13th, 2008 - Big Sioux
Recreation Area near Brandon, South Dakota.
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