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An “Upside Down” Bird?

The White-Breasted Nuthatch is so acrobatic that it can actually walk on the branches or tree trunk upside down.  The secret is that this bird has some serious little claws!  The ability to scamper all over and around on trees helps the White-Breasted Nuthatch to more easily get the food it needs.   This tiny grey white and black bird eats seeds, and insects.  The bark of the hardwood trees is mostly where the White-Breasted Nuthatch will be found.  In my own yards, the Oaks, Hickories and Black Walnut Trees are favorite places for finding food and for just perching.  The White-Breasted Nuthatch likes to fly with its friends the Tufted Titmice, the Carolina Chickadees, and the Brown Creepers.  I occasionally will see the White-Breasted Nuthatch here with the smaller woodpeckers, too.  I am not too surprised to even see this engaging bird climbing along the wooden railing on my second story deck!  The White-Breasted Nuthatch is sure a fun bird to watch.  I took these photographs from my windows and deck during the last two weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "An “Upside Down” Bird?" (8)

  1. They are certainly one of the most entertaining birds!

  2. So it’s the claws that do it? Interesting! I love to watch them, but they don’t come around here often.

    • Hi Ginny, Yes, the bird has long curved claws much like those of a smaller woodpecker. The Nuthatches just clutch onto the bark and go. Same with the squirrels. Have a super nice Wednesday afternoon!

  3. I love our little Nuthatches.. They are ALWAYS around —and when i’m outside, they ‘talk’ to me from above. They don’t seem a bit afraid of me.

    Have a great day and enjoy this weather.. Wow!!!

  4. I always enjoy watching them. Love how they scamper all over tree trunks.

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