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White-breasted Nuthatches

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!

Comments on: "White-breasted Nuthatches" (4)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    the shot of him diving out of the hole is great!

  2. Hi Texwisgirl, I especially was intent on showing the nest and the bird’s interaction with that hole. I am trying to show more action and interesting settings with the wildlife. I am trying hard not to just have static poses with the birds. Hard to do but I am hopeful that I am improving my photography. I have only been doing this for two years. Have a great Sunday tomorrow and thanks as always for the great comments here!

  3. Cool sighting seeing the nuthatch coming out of the hole! Great captures of the nuthatches, they are sweet birds.

  4. Nice selection of photos. They capture the spirit of the bird very nicely!

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