There are lots and lots of these tiny red-breasted nuthatches in the woods behind our house. How do I know you might wonder? Well, I know because I can hear them calling in their thin nasally voice all day long. For a tiny (4 1/2 inches) bird they sure are noisy!
In one of my bird guides, nuthatches are listed under the “tree climbers”.
And climb they do!!
They climb straight up!
And they climb straight down!
They are quite agile and show off their acrobatic skills at the bird feeders and in the trees. They often sit and watch me refill the suet and bird seed for them. Once I back away, they start to call out for their friends to come join the feast. They are fun to watch and aren’t afraid of me standing right next to them.
Of the three nuthatches in our area, this is the one we see all the time. I’ve never seen the white-breasted nuthatch in our garden during all the years we’ve lived in Portland. We also get the brown creeper. They look exactly like a piece of tree bark and can be difficult to spot. Perhaps that’s why I’ve only seen one once in the trees behind us.
Do you have nuthatches where you live?