Instead, she found a very dazed, but still alive White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis).
|Female White-breasted nuthatch - note frosted black cap, upturned bill, slate blue wings and back, and chestnut flanks. It's really worth it to click on the picture and see all the details of the feathers.|
This nuthatch appears to be a female, based on the frosted black cap - males have a dark black cap. Another interesting feature that you don't always notice is the patch chestnut colored feathers on its belly and flank. An adult White-breasted Nuthatch measures about 5 - 5.5 inches (13 - 14 cm) from beak to tail, with a an 8 - 10.5 inch (20 -27 cm) wingspan. They weigh between 0.6 and 1.1 ounces (18 - 30 grams) or about as much as 3 to 5 quarters.