Brown Creeper, borrowed from the public domain.

Brown Creeper, borrowed from the public domain.

Planting Swordferns along the restoration trail running South of the Yard today, I looked up to see a tiny brown bird, a Brown Creeper, hopping it’s way up a nearby Big Leaf Maple, picking meticulously in the moss growing on the trunk in its characteristic hunt for insects. I was close enough that when I paused my work to watch I could see the very distinct brown and white speckle pattern along its entire back and its short brown tail. The chest was a solid buff color and quite puffed out- on this cold day that must help the bird hold in a little heat.