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 breasted is a rusty nutmeg colored. Females have a tad of a blue hue to the cap on their head.
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
• Sunflower seeds (striped & black oil)
• Seeds of evergreen trees
• Suet ( nut and peanut butter flavors)
Supplies for Red Breasted Nuthatch on Amazon:
• Tube feeder
• Platform feeder
• Hopper type feeder
• Suet cages
Feeders on Amazon:
|Tube Feeder||Platform Feeder|
|Hopper Feeder||Suet Feeder|
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.
Telling the Red and White Nuthatches Apart
The red-breasted nuthatch looks similar to the white-breasted nuthatch with two distinguishing characteristics. The red-breasted nuthatch will have a black cap on its head and a black line going through its eye.
Try Your Hand at Feeding Them
One of our favorite things to do during the winter is to try our hand, literally at feeding nuthatches and chickadees. We have had good success during previous winters.
Looking forward to spending some time with my winter friends.