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Back Yard Photographer – White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

A favorite past-time is watching the birds that venture into my back yard, photographing them and then identifying the ones I haven’t seen before in the yard. One day, in early December I had put a new suet cake out. The downy woodpecker really likes it. Downy woodpeckers are fun to watch as they move all over the suet cake and will hang from the cage, where the suet is placed, at varying angles to get to the food.

Here’s a photo of a downy woodpecker, in case you don’t know what they are:

Downy Woodpecker

On this particular day after the downy woodpecker had had it’s fill of food, I noticed a different kind of bird on the suet. It seemed to be about the same size, maybe a little smaller with a shorter tail.

White-breasted Nuthatch playing King of the Suet

I took a few more pictures of this bird while watching it eat the suet. He was interesting to watch as well. He had a lot of the same maneuvers as the downy woodpecker. Once inside, I had to check to see what kind of bird this was. I like to visit to help me identify the bird and to learn something new. This website has helped me to become the bird nerd that I am today. 🙂 This is where I found out that this bird is the white-breasted Nuthatch. A few things about this bird:

  • Stores seeds in furrows in the bark so they can eat the seeds later
  • Join flocks of foraging birds (chickadees and titmouse) during Winter not only to find food easier but also to watch for predators.
  • Move quickly and at angles while eating. (I’ve seen them in action – they are quick!)
  • They like sunflower seeds, peanuts and suet
  • One of the common back yard birds

A few more photos:

He does like the suet!!
Resting in the tree

In the above picture there is a house finch just above the white-breasted nuthatch. The house finch really blends in with it’s surroundings.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog! Hope you like the photos!

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless

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