Found creeping along the trunks and branches of trees in most woodland and forest habitats in the US, they frequently will accompany mixed-species flocks of chickadees and titmice to visit bird feeders druing the winter months. Observing their behavior is most entertaining. These small, stout birds (5 1/4" - 5 1/2") scurry heads-up or heads-down as they forage under loose bark and in tree crevices for insects. They are, most certainly, busy little critters!
This fine feathered friend has just plucked a seed from the feeder. He's flown down to the railing,
where he will place his seed into a crevice in the wood.
A quick look around to make sure all is safe,
and then he hammers on the seed with his sharp bill to break the shell.
In their forest habitat, the White-breasted Nuthatch will also store its seeds in crevices
to save for later.
Nuthatches also appreciate your offerings of suet.
The White-breasted Nuthatch is a cavity nester at mid to upper levels in tress. Their nests consist of a bed of grass and bark, and here they may lay from 4 to 8 whitish eggs speckled with reddish browns.
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