Brown Creeper nest building
Late this afternoon I stopped in at the Rotary Reserve park here in McMinnville, and before I even got started on the trail down from the parking area I was hearing Brown Creeper sounds. I soon found two very active birds, and noticed that one of them was carrying a stick. It landed on the trunk of a tree about two feet below an area of some damage, then quickly hitched its way up to some loosely-hanging slabs of bark, and maneuvered the stick into the narrow space without any sign of difficulty. I watched as it repeated this about five times in 15 minutes. I was surprised at the size of the sticks it was collecting, and wondered how it was able to make them stay in an opening that seemed to have no floor.