Thursday, November 8, 2018

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatches are among the most common birds in our backyard woods.  Due to their frequent feeding upside-down on tree trunks, this species is often one of the first birds beginners learn. White-breasted Nuthatches also visit bird feeders. Pairs hoard large quantities of food, caching it piece by piece across their territory. These nuthatches form permanent pair bonds and defend territories all year. Some northern birds may migrate, but not much about these movements are known (and I have no evidence from my banding).

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