Saturday, January 22, 2011
Nuthatches--Red and White Breasted
We have both Red Breasted and White Breasted Nuthatches coming to our feeders several times every day. These are the only birds we see that go down tree trunks head first. Brown Creepers do as well but are seen less often.
The Red Breasted Nuthatch is smaller, seems in more of a hurry, and has a slightly upcurved beak, as you can see in this picture I took today. I turned the picture upside down because it is hard to compare the two birds when one is facing down
The White Breasted Nuthatch often also eats seeds from the feeder, but I have never seen the Red Breasted eating seeds.