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Critter of the Month

Critter of the Month - JANUARY


The Brown Creeper is a small highly camoflauged bird of the winter forests in Tennessee. With it's brown streaked plumage and habit of creeping up the trunk of trees it looks like the bark has come to life. It characteristically spirals upward picking insects from the bark with it's long decurved bill flying quickly to the base of the next tree and repeating the spiraling action upwards again and again.

The Brown Creeper can be found Statewide in winter and more infrequently in the higher elevations of the Smokey Mountains year-round. They prefer coniferous and mixed coniferous-deciduous forests but can also be found in the bottomland hardwords. Their diet is primarily small insects, spiders and other small invertibrates.

The Brown Creeper nests are almost always places behind a flap of loose bark on a tree trunk. Their nest is built with fine twigs, strips of bark and spider webs and lined with finer soft materials.

When a Brown Creeper feels threatened it will often freeze, spread out it's wings and remain motionless for several minutes virtually 'disappearing'.