It was entirely the bird's decision and it was not accidental. I first noticed the nuthatch coming quite close to me a couple weeks ago when I was hand-feeding a Steller's jay and the jay left.
Then, I found when I stepped onto the deck, the nuthatch would suddenly flutter in front of me. It was too quick for me to reach out with my hand.
Then one day, I had peanuts in my hand and it landed, selected a nut half, gave me a look, and flew away. This has happened at least a dozen times since.
I will be on the deck, turn around, and the nuthatch will be a couple feet from me, waiting for its treat.
|With a peanut in its beak.|
I encourage you to go to this site and read about their remarkable behavior:
In the meantime, know that a tiny nuthatch MAKES MY DAY!