Hi everyone and welcome back! Today’s bird is the white-breasted nuthatch, we saw his cousin a while back, the red-breasted nuthatch. These birds are bigger and prefer deciduous trees, but will live in areas with mixed forest, therefore they don’t go as far north as their smaller cousins. They don’t migrate, just stay where they are year round. And they stay with the same mate as well, but will take a new mate if one dies. They usually use old woodpecker nests for their nests since they nest inside trees only and are not really able to make their own cavity in the tree. The female builds the nest and will lay 5 to 9 eggs, a lot for a little bird. They eat mainly insects and nearly all are harmful insects. In winter they also eat seeds and nuts, and they are easily attracted to bird feeders. About 85% of these birds live in the US, 10% in Mexico and only 5% in Canada. They love hanging around upside down like their cousins and will start at the top of a tree and go head first down the tree looking for insects.
Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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