This week’s photo, taken July 19, 2014 at the Arboretum in Seattle, WA, features a BROWN CREEPER.
The BROWN CREEPER is an adorable little bird with a rather unique behavior. It forages for insects by creeping up large tree trunks, in search of snacks in the nooks and crannies of the bark. Since the creeper lacks a reverse gear, it only works the tree in an upward direction. So, when it runs out of trunk or it’s simply ready for a change in elevation, it launches itself off the trunk into a free fall (like bungee jumping but without a bungee). Then, just before it crashes into the ground and bursts into flames, it swoops up and attaches itself like velcro to the base of a neighboring tree. From this low point, it resumes its upward creeping, in search of more protein.
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