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Red Breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted nuthatches are around 4-1/2 inches long and are a blue-grey colored bird with a black-capped head with white stripes above their eyes. Their breasted is a rusty nutmeg colored.  Females have a tad of a blue hue to the cap on their head.

Red Breasted Nuthatch

Our winter visitors the red-breasted nuthatches at back for the season.  As soon as the weather starts getting cold, I will usually see my first red-breasted nuthatch.

What the Bird Looks Like

Red breasted nuthatches are around 4-1/2 inches long and are a blue-grey colored bird with a black-capped head with white stripes above their eyes. 

Their breast is a rusty nutmeg colored.  

Females have a tad of a blue hue to the cap on their head.

Red breasted nuthatches are around 4-1/2 inches long and are a blue-grey colored bird with a black-capped head with white stripes above their eyes.

Their breast is a rusty nutmeg colored. 

Females have a tad of a blue hue to the cap on their head.


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Red breasted nuthatches are around 4-1/2 inches long and are a blue-grey colored bird with a black-capped head with white stripes above their eyes. 

Their breast is a rusty nutmeg colored.  

Females have a tad of a blue hue to the cap on their head.

Telling the Red and White Nuthatches Apart

The red-breasted nuthatch looks similar to the white-breasted nuthatch with a few distinguishing characteristics.  

The red-breasted nuthatch will have a black cap on its head, a black eyeline, and a rusty breast

The red-breasted nuthatch looks similar to the white-breasted nuthatch with a few distinguishing characteristics. 

The red-breasted nuthatch will have a black cap on its head, a black eyeline, and a rusty breast.


Nesting

Nuthatches are cavity nesters that do a very unique thing to protect their nesting areas from predators.  They take resin from surrounding pine and fir trees and paste it around the entrance to their nest to prevent ants and rodents from entering the cavity of their home in trees.

Nuthatches are cavity nesters that do a very unique thing to protect their nesting areas from predators.  They take resin from surrounding pine and fir trees and paste it around the entrance to their nest to prevent ants and rodents from entering the cavity of their home in trees.

• Females lay 4-7 speckled brown eggs.
• It takes about 12 days for the eggs to hatch.
• The young stay in the nest for about 20 days.


What the Red-Breasted Nuthatch Eats


Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

Striped Sunflower Seed

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  • Easy, Economical Seed
  • Best in Hopper, Tube & Platform Feeders

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Suet

Mealworms


  • Purchase varieties that have peanut butter, nuts, or insects incorporated into the mix.

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  • A large portion of the nuthatches diet is made up of insects.
  • Can be used for a variety of birds, including bluebirds in the spring.

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Best Feeders

Red Breasted Nuthatches eat out of:
• Tube feeder
• Platform feeder
• Hopper type feeder
• Suet cages

• Tube feeder
• Platform feeder
• Hopper type feeder
• Suet cages


Tube Feeders

Tube feeders are great for attracting smaller birds like finches, chickadees, titmice, sparrows, goldfinches, and more!

Most of the feeders work great with mixed seed blends, black oil sunflower seeds, nyjer or thistle, safflower, and small nuts or peanuts.



Suet Feeders

If you purchase a suet feeder with a larger wooden base, you can feed larger woodpeckers from the feeder as well.

Woodpeckers like the Pileated woodpecker need to have the extra room and a base to balance their tail on when feeding.


Platform Feeders

You can purchase either the hanging variety or ground variety.

A tray design allows you to use a wide variety of seeds to be used.

The designs normally have a screen on the bottom for water drainage, keeping your seed fresh.

Platform feeders are excellent for both large and small birds.



Hopper Feeders

Hopper feeders will hold a variety of seeds. The design works well because it allows birds to perch on all sides.

You can hang the feeders in trees, on a shepherds hook, and attach them to poles.



They Are Caching Birds

Nuthatches love to grab seeds and then go and place them in cavities of trees, behind the bark of trees, and in every nook and cranny, they can and save them for times they are low on food sources.

Nuthatches love to grab seeds and then go and place them in cavities of trees, behind the bark of trees, and in every nook and cranny, they can and save them for times they are low on food sources.


Try Your Hand at Feeding Them

One of our favorite things to do during the winter is to try our hand, at feeding nuthatches and chickadees.  We have had good success during previous winters.

One of our favorite things to do during the winter is to try our hand, at feeding nuthatches and chickadees.  We have had good success during previous winters.


Some Additional Birds

Northern Cardinal
Pileated Woodpecker
Red Eyed Vireo
Flicker

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