I photographed this Red-breasted Nuthatch on a limb that I have on my bird feeder. This bird would come and grab a sunflower seed out of the feeder and then it would fly up in a tree to break it open. This is done quickly, so it is difficult to get a photo I like. I got lucky on this day because the feeder was full of Finches and this Nuthatch had to land on the limb to wait for an opening to get a seed.
These birds are fun to watch because they like moving around trees, often descending head first. I would hear this one coming to my feeder before I would see it. It has a high-pitched nasal sound.
Here are a few more photos of a Red-breasted Nuthatch that I have photographed over the years:
Red-breasted Nuthatch Facts
This nuthatch’s call is high-pitched, nasal and weak. Transcribed as yenk or ink, they have been likened to a toy tin horn or a child’s noisemaker. Its song is a slowly repeated series of clear, nasal, rising notes, transcribed as een een een.
Like all nuthatches, the red-breasted nuthatch is an acrobatic species, hitching itself up and down tree trunks and branches to look for food. It goes headfirst when climbing down. It can “walk” on the underside of branches. Unlike woodpeckers and creepers, it does not use its tail as a prop while climbing. It tends to forage singly or in pairs.
The red-breasted nuthatch’s diet changes depending on the season. In the summer, it eats mostly insects, occasionally even fly-catching, while in the winter, it switches to conifer seeds. At feeders it will take sunflower seeds, peanut butter, and suet. It often wedges food pieces in bark crevices to break them up with the bill (as opposed to holding the food in their feet, like the black-capped chickadee does).
More facts found on Wikipedia.