Tuesday, February 3, 2009

White-breasted Nuthatch

I can't remember ever seeing more than one White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis, at the feeders. This little bird can be found creeping, often upside down, along a tree's bark searching for bugs. Often in the company of the chickadees and titmice, I sometimes mistake them for their pals, especially when they're swooping down to the feeder and then back into the trees to work their seeds open.

Although I can't seem to now find supporting confirmation, I think I've read that this Nuthatch is the only bird with the ability to climb head-first down the trunk of a tree.

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