Yesterday I saw three different White-breasted Nuthatches. I noticed in my camera’s viewfinder that one of the nuthatches had come out of a tiny hole in an Oak. I knew that woodpeckers lived in cavities in tree trunks but I had not considered that the nuthatches also may recycle an existing woodpecker hole for their own. How interesting! I don’t know if the nuthatches live in that hole or this one is visiting, or they use the hole for a food cache.
The other two White-breasted Nuthatches were also up in Oaks. These were chatting away with the typical “Chip-chip” sound that these birds make. The White-breasted Nuthatch eats small insects, spiders, and small seeds, nuts and fruits. They seem to be social with other small birds, especially the smaller woodpeckers. I did see two Red-bellied Woodpeckers along in the same area as these two Nuthatches. I saw all three nuthatches in different trees. I am pleased to see the birds here in the yard as it has warmed up a bit. It had been very cold here early in the week. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!