Get to know this distinctive, upside-down tree walker!


[some females have lighter “caps” like this one]

 
In Michigan I lived in a house that had a side yard bordered by some tall Norway spruce trees, providing a shady little nook outside our living room window. We dubbed it our “bird sanctuary” and set out a few different types of feeders. The family became familiar with several bird species, along with red squirrels and raccoons. My favorite visitors were the white-breasted nuthatches, with their unique way of walking head-first down the tree trunks, searching for insects beneath the bark. I also enjoyed hearing their nasal calls and songs, reminding me to put out a new suet cake every few days. 😉

 

 

 
More on this bird species:
Wikipedia   |   ADW   |   ARKive
Audubon   |   All About Birds   |   HBW
National Geographic   |   BirdWeb
BirdLife International   |   EOL
BirdNote   |   Beauty of Birds

 

 


 

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