I saw this sassy cute little White-breasted Nuthatch the other day high in the Oaks in the yard at my lake house. The nuthatch was chatting away. It has a sound that is a soft and thin, clipped “chip-chip” or “Chiff-chiff” that is repeated. The nuthatches eat insects but also eat seeds, nuts and sometimes, fruit. The bird has a long slender bill, similar to that of the woodpeckers. The habits of this bird are similar to those of woodpeckers, too. Nuthatches have long curved claws which they use to climb up down and even upside down on branches and tree trunks. They use that long bill to ferret-out insects from the bark of trees and also to push seeds and nuts into crevices in the bark for storage.
The White-breasted Nuthatch is a light grey with lots of white on its underside. It is a small bird. They hang around with other small birds such as chickadees, finches, titmice and sometimes, the smaller woodpeckers. I took these pictures on December 23, 2011 in my yard at the lake home. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!