The day was brighter but still breezy yesterday. I partially refilled the bird feeder as I am very low on seed. The smaller birds did not mind the quarter-filled feeder at all. I saw a few House Finches, a Tufted Titmouse and a pair of the nuthatches. This series of pictures today is on one of the White-breasted Nuthatches that came to the bird feeder in the afternoon. They are intelligent and interesting little birds.
The White-breasted Nuthatches are nearly woodpecker-like in looks and behavior. Perhaps that is why I like them so much. As you probably know, I am really crazy for the woodpeckers. So a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches does well as a substitute to watch when the woodpeckers fail to show up! I took these pictures on November 8, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
White-breasted Nuthatches have made my Oak Trees their home this past year. There are a small flock here. They sure do enjoy quickly grabbing a snack of Millet or Sunflower Seed from the bird feeder. They fly fast from the Oak to the feeder, take a seed, then they perch on the porch railing and eat the seed or crack the Sunflower Seed’s shell. They are chatty birds with a woodpecker-like habit of calling out a thin, high, “Chif-chif” sound. They are also woodpecker-like in that they have very long, curved, strong claws on their toes. The nuthatches use the claws to hold fast to the bark of the trees when upside down, sideways or even upright. They are amusingly acrobatic! I took these pictures on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in my yard. So sorry for the late post – computer maintenance was being done earlier on my system. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!
There are several White-Breasted Nuthatches here that live in the Oak grove that is next to the little farm pond. These tiny birds are a lovely grey, white and black with a long pointed bill and appealing eyes. They behave a lot like woodpeckers do but are not actually a woodpecker. They eat seeds, nuts and occasional insects. They make a thin high trill that is slightly like a Downy Woodpecker’s trill. The White-Breasted Nuthatches here will often fly from the Oaks to the bird feeder, and will even wait patiently on the porch railing if there are larger birds eating.
The nuthatches will sometimes eat with the Brown-Headed Cow Birds, the House Finches, and the Northern Cardinals, but dislike the male Red-Winged Blackbirds. I took these pictures on April 17, 2012 and again on April 28, 2012 in my yard and from my living room window. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!
A variety of different songbirds come to my yards daily. I have several of these that are also regulars at the bird feeder. I often see Red-bellied Woodpeckers, House Finches, Eastern Bluebirds, Robins, White-breasted Nuthatches and Brown-Headed Cowbirds. I took these pictures in my yard and from my living room window at various times between April 18-25, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I took these pictures of the little White-Breasted Nuthatch in my yard on February 17, 2012, and again on February 18, 2012. The tiny birds were walking all around small branches of large Oaks next to the pond. White-Breasted Nuthatches live here in the Oaks. They find small hollowed out spots in the trunks of the trees and make themselves at home. These birds are white with grey backs and heads. They have slender pointed bills that they use to find insects and seeds to eat. They also enjoy eating berries, and some fruits. The White-Breasted Nuthatches make a sound that is quite similar to the sounds that the Red-Bellied Woodpeckers make, a rapid-fire “chiff-chiff-chiff-chiff” that is thin, and soft. The nuthatches have discovered my newly installed bird feeder near my porch. I am always happy to see the White-Breasted Nuthatches out and about! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. I sure hope you’ll enjoy these pictures of the acrobats in action!
White-Breasted Nuthatches are amazing acrobatic birds. Nuthatches are truly agile, entertaining and just plain cute! These are insect eaters but also enjoy a treat of seeds, nuts or fruit. They have a tiny grey white and black body with a long slender and sharp bill. The nuthatches have strong curved claws which are used to hang on to the bark of the tree that they are working and living in. The preferred trees here where I live are mostly hardwoods such as Oaks and Hickories.
Nuthatches have a sound quite similar to the Downy Woodpecker. They sound like a high pitched, thin and quiet “Cha-cha-cha” or even a clipped “Chip-chip”, that is repeated. White-breasted Nuthatches are a creamy grey-white on their undersides with darker grey on their backs and head. Both genders tend to look-alike. I like watching the nuthatches here walking up, down, and even upside down in the trees. I have a resident pair that live in a hollowed-out hole in one of the pond-side Oaks. I took these pictures in my yard on Jan. 25, 2012, and also on Jan. 29, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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!