Somehow you know winter is here when you see your first brown creeper creeping along the trunk of a tree. Creep. Creep. Creep. The only North American member of the treecreeper family "Certhiidae," the smallish brown birds hop along, looking for things like spider eggs to eat that are wedged down in the bark. (So much for the mother spider that went to the trouble of hiding them there.)
I spotted my first treecreeper of the season working its way up the side of an oak near my mailbox. Spider eggs beware!
Curious little birds. (Also see my February 26 posting.)