Brown Creeper – Certhia americana

I’ve said this before, I’m no photographer. This tree is only about 10 feet from me, however this is way too far away for my camerone* to focus on such a little guy. I’m no photo editor either. I do have a button I can press that attempts to fix all the ills of my photo however, you can’t spin hay into gold…

Why do I sill post these bad photos? Because I can? πŸ˜‰ I do feel they still give a bit of perspective to the reader. Now enjoy!


The Brown Creeper builds a hammock type nest that anchors to a loosened flap of bark on a dead or dying tree. It wasn’t until 1879 that naturalists discovered this unique nesting strategy.

The Brown Creeper spends most of its time circling up tree trunks in search of insects. It holds its short legs on either side of its body, with the long, curved claws hooking into the bark and braces itself with its long, rigid tail. Both feet jump at the same time which makes the bird’s head dip after each hop. Because of this specialized anatomy, the Brown Creeper rarely climbs downward.


These guys are pretty quick and blend in well with the tree bark.
*Camera phone

©  Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

32 thoughts on “Brown Creeper – Certhia americana

  1. Good on you for being authentic to who you are and being honest about the photos. I love photography but am realistic about my drawing abilities. Occasionally, I fluke something okay and I have have a few techniques which allow me to cheat. Duty calls-popcakes for my daughter’s birthday tomorrow xx Rowena

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    • I say, it is what it is. :mrgreen:
      I’m not getting any compensation for this and I figure if a reader can at least get the gist of my photo, my job is done.
      Ohhh, I’m sure popcakes translates to something I know. . But what? Anything dessert and your have my attention! 🍨🍦🍰

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      • We had to buy a new oven yesterday and they had this pop cake maker in the shop. I must admit my husband said that it looked like the mini donut maker we’d bought sometime ago and haven’t used for a long time. Pop cakes are round small cupcakes and you dip them in icing or melted chocolate and they go on a stick. I put mine on the stick and they thought they were in an elevator…ground floor! Humph! We had fun and she’s happy and I’ve resurrected the kitchen for presents in the morning. I am planning on a long nap while they are at school!


  2. I can always see what you are photographing (unless it Really isn’t there – like the little birds on the window ledge the other day! πŸ˜‰ )
    So don’t worry about it. This isn’t a photoBlog!
    You always add very interesting info too. So keep ’em coming, and we’ll keep responding πŸ™‚


  3. I’d forgotten about these guys. I think I only see the other little cuties, who go up and down the bark. Whose name I can’t seem to recall, sitting here pre-coffee. These Brown Creepers blend in so well that maybe they are here and I’m just not noticing. Thanks for this fun post πŸ™‚


  4. What I really need is a post about a different sort of creeper. Ivy. Should I worry about it? WIll it kill ‘my’ trees? How much damage can it do? Is it ecologically valuable? I want to know πŸ™‚ Please.


    • Any chance you can send me a photo of the ivy? Or are you sure of it’s Latin name? Hedera helix (English Ivy), Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy), Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper) or Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy!!) are some choices. You’re concerned with it growing on trees, not a house, just want to confirm the direction of my answer. In short, the English & Boston can be an issue, Virginia and poison are actually beneficial. There are other ivy’s around you also.


  5. Oh dang it my comment just went into thin air. As I was saying, I am not a photo snob and I like what ever you post. I’m not crazy about my photos either that I post because they are not up to snuff due to an inferior lens. But, oh well. I think the info is what is important. I can not afford to buy a better lens but before I die I sure as hell hope to show that I am a good shutter bug.

    I love seeing the Brown Creeper. I’ve only seen it x2 in my lifetime. And, that was years ago in my yard, when birds were plentiful. Keep up the good work here.


  6. I feel ya on sharing pics whether they’re stellar or not! I was doing the same thing last year with some new visitors to my feeder and I’m sure I will again. In fact, this winter I saw my first Brown Creeper and I would share my ‘bad’ photo if I had actually managed to capture the thing! They are so hard to see, wow they have some of the best camo I’ve seen, AND they’re quite small aren’t they?

    I was intrigued. First thing I did when I got home – because I didn’t know what I’d seen – was pull out my ID book. I didn’t learn about their nest but I did read they don’t climb down, interesting fact, I’m not sure I like climbing down either. So glad to see this because I’ve only ever seen the one Brown Creeper this year. πŸ˜€


    • I remembered what a brown creeper was because I had to look up that a White Breasted Nuthatch was a while back. They are very small, like a yellow finch. I don’t know if this is a he or she, (s)he was so fast. I see him and then get ready and hope that he will come back shortly, before my camerone battery runs out! I’m guessing he’ll be back. I’ve only seen him here about 3 times.
      Yes, as a child climbing down always seemed to be something I never thought about, until I was at the top of the tree! I haven’t found an answer to the only up climbing, at first I though it may be how their feet are made, but now I may just think they may be scared of heights.. πŸ˜‰

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