Winter birds: White-Breasted Nuthatch

Nuthatch facts:

  •  Nuthatches get their name from their habit of jamming large nuts and acorns into tree bark, then whacking them with their sharp bill to “hatch” out the seed from the inside.
  • White-breasted Nuthatches creep along trunks and large branches.  Like other nuthatches, they often turn sideways and upside down on vertical surfaces as they forage.  They often (though not always) start high in trees and move down them head first, pausing to crane their necks up and back.
  • In winter, they join foraging flocks led by chickadees or titmice, perhaps because it makes food easier to find and partly because more birds can keep an eye out for predators.

4 Comments Add yours

    1. Thank you! I love to watch them move upside down along the tree trunks!


  1. Very beautiful! My friend who lives only about 8 miles away has a pair at her house, but I have never seen them here. I think I would notice their creeping behavior. I will have to keep a sharper eye out!


    1. They’re wonderful! I love to watch them!


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