Monday, May 20, 2019

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Baby birds are beginning to leave their nests. On 18 May in Olympia, I banded this recently fledged Red-breasted Nuthatch. This species forms pairs at almost any time of year. These nuthatches usually raise one clutch per year, but individuals may pair twice in a single year. They excavate oles in tree snags. Finding nuthatch holes is not proof of breeding, since the birds may begin excavating and then move elsewhere to actually breed.  Young fledge after about three weeks. They stay with their parents for about another two weeks but some parents may feed their young for longer times (Ghalambor and Martin 1999).

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