Monday, January 10, 2011

Whitebreasted Nuthatch

The Whitebreasted Nuthatch is a frequent visitor to Indiana feeders in the late fall, winter, and early spring. This little one was chowing some suet during Saturday's snow.

The Whitebreasted Nuthatch moves down a tree head first in search of food filling a niche left by the Brown Creeper that moves up trees head up.

This bird loves to munch suet, insects, sunflowers, and peanuts. It will eat one seed at a time; jamming the seed into the bark of a tree and then pecking away at it.

The Whitebreasted Nuthatch forages with other species; titmouse, chickadees, woodpeckers and they all learn each others 911 call. The more eyes watching for danger the better.

This looks to be a male because of the dark head cap; on a female it would be grayer. 

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