Red-Breasted Nuthatch

I still can’t believe I actually got this red-breasted nuthatch on camera. I had seen one once before, but it was on the move and I wasn’t able to get a good photo. I almost missed this one as well — they have a habit of mixing in with other flocks, and when I first saw his head peeking through I mistook it for just another chickadee!

Another habit of this bird is to hang upside down while foraging. While I didn’t get any satisfactory photos of this, it was still awesome to see.

During nesting, the red-breasted nuthatch collects the sticky resin from coniferous tree for their nest. The female puts the resin inside, and the male on the outside. It might help keep out predators, but it also means that the nuthatch must have a perfect dive when entering the nest to avoid getting all sticky.

Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch, August 16, 2021


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