The Travels of Tug 44

White-Breasted Nuthatch

The White-Breasted Nuthatch is a cute little birdie, mostly blue-gray with black markings and a white belly. They are often seen running up and down on the trunks of large trees, running in an odd head-down position as they hunt ants and small bugs.   high-res

They absolutely love the sunflower seeds and suet at my bird feeders.   high-res

Male and female White-Breasted Nuthatches are difficult to tell apart, though sometimes females have a narrower neck band, but this isn't consistent.   high-res

The up-turned beak is typical of the White-Breasted Nuthatch, and it gives them the correct angle while they are running down a tree trunk.   high-res

When hanging upside-down, they often bend their body like in this photo, as they look around for danger.   high-res

The White-Breasted Nuthatch doesn't waste time at my feeders, they fly in, grab a seed and then they are off like a speeding bullet. Frequently, they store their seeds and acorns for winter, jammed into the bark of trees.   high-res

The White-Breasted Nuthatch, the upside-down birdie!

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