Red-breasted Nuthatch

By | February 16, 2011
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Red-breasted Nuthatch

A Red-breasted Nuthatch In My Backyard - 10208-0369

Red-breasted Nuthatch

This is the first winter that I have had Red-breasted Nuthatches at my feeders.

Though it is primarily a full-time resident of northern and subalpine conifer forests, the Red-breasted Nuthatch regularly migrates irruptively, with both the number migrating and the wintering locations varying from year to year. They sometimes reach northern Mexico, where they are rare winter visitors to Nuevo Leon, Baja California Norte and south along the Pacific slope as far as Sinaloa. In the eastern United States, its range is expanding southwards. Though formerly resident on Isla Guadalupe, an island off the western coast of Mexico, it appears to have been extirpated there, with the last known record of the species on the island dating from 1971. There is a single vagrant record for Mexico’s Isla Socorro. It is an extremely rare vagrant to Europe, with two records in the western Palearctic; one bird successfully overwintered in eastern England. (Wikipedia)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

0 thoughts on “Red-breasted Nuthatch

  1. Barbara

    Great shots – though supposedly they are around here, I’ve not seen a red-breasted nuthatch in a long time. So it’s terrific to have your lovely photos.

  2. Kerri

    Beautiful nuthatch! I have only seen one of these at my feeders …. Christmas Day 2009.
    I “stumbled” this too 🙂

  3. Judi

    These little birds are so beautiful and fun to watch scurrying up & down the trees. They seem so courious tilting their heads as if to get a better look. Great pictures, Steve, I agree about the lighting too Terri.

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  5. Steve Creek Post author

    Thanks everyone! I was excited to see this bird at my feeders this year. They have been entertaining.

  6. Cindy H

    Excellent picture. I love these little ones. I once rescued a red-breasted nuthatch after he flew into our glass door (OR) got knocked out by our cat. I put him in our large bathroom for the day, and when I got home, he had woken up and was hanging upside down on the window screen. I carried him gently to the back door (his heart pounding like a trip-hammer) and let him go. He flew off to a huge tree and called back with his lovely call afterward. I have a picture of one too, on our suet cage, but it’s not nearly as beautiful as yours.

  7. Sharon

    Just curious, are you in Arkansas? Love these little birds! I had them in Tennessee, but have not ever seen one here in north Florida. Maybe to far out of their range. Your pictures are beautiful, and thank you so much for sharing them! Sharon 🙂

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