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White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch

The white-breasted nuthatch has been one busy bird today collecting goodies from the feeder.

It has been extremely cold, so I really don’t want to go anywhere or do anything, but watch a feeder bird or two.

One of my favorite birds to watch are white-breasted nuthatches.  You can always tell when they are around because they have a unique voice.




White Breasted Nuthatch - One of my favorite birds to watch are white-breasted nuthatches.  You can always tell when they are around because they have a unique voice.

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The white-breasted nuthatch is omnivorous.  They eat insects, seeds, and nuts, there is a listing below.

During the winter months in Wisconsin, nuthatches actively seek out seed, peanut and suet feeders. Feeders happen to be the perfect place to sit and spend a half an hour with my camera.

Nuthatch

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Today the Nuthatches are Caching the Feeders

Nuthatches will take extra seeds to hide so they can retrieve them at a later time.  This behavior is called “caching”.

Caching helps birds survive when food sources are low.  These birds store hundreds of seeds a day. They have several locations to store their seed and always seem to remember where they have stashed them.

Nuthatches will take extra seeds to hide so they can retrieve them at a later time.  This behavior is called “caching”. Caching helps birds survive when food sources are low.  These birds store hundreds of seeds a day.  They have several locations to store their seed and always seem to remember where they have stashed them.

Nuthatches are extremely fun to watch, whether at feeders or creeping headfirst down trees looking for insects.





How to Attract Nuthatches

The white-breasted nuthatches are common feeder birds. You can attract them to your feeders and in your yard by customizing your feeders and yards.

Foods Nuthatches Enjoy

• Peanuts
• Cracked Corn
• Safflower Seed
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Suet
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Black Oil & Striped Sunflower Seed
• Acorn and Beechnuts

The birds spend much of their time carrying seeds away to stash for later.

 

All About the Nuthatch

 

Trees That Nuthatches Enjoy

  • Oaks
  • Maples
  • Hickories
  • Pines
  • Spruces

 

Interested in setting up a feeder in your yard?  The Audubon North American Birdfeeder Guide off Amazon covers the best ways to attract, observe, and feed birds in your own backyard. Pair it up with a North American bird guidebook and you will have hours of fun.

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