Daily Archives: December 9, 2014

White-breasted Nuthatch

nuthatch suet

The White-breasted Nuthatch loves homemade suet dough so much, they will walk on their tippy toes to get some.

White-breasted Nuthatches are agile birds that creep along trunks and large branches, probing into bark furrows with their straight, pointed bills. Like other nuthatches, they often turn sideways and upside down on vertical surfaces as they forage.

Their feet are not really designed for standing on a horizontal surface like the deck railing, but they manage.

suet nutchatch

Suet dough or nuggets and peanuts out of the shell are their favorite foods from the menu at Amy’s Backyard Bird Restaurant.

A common feeder bird with clean black, gray, and white markings, White-breasted Nuthatches are active, agile little birds with an appetite for insects and large, meaty seeds. They get their common name from their habit of jamming large nuts and acorns into tree bark, then whacking them with their sharp bill to “hatch” out the seed from the inside.