White-breasted Nuthatches never migrate and there are always nesting pairs in my garden. In wilder places they might travel during the winter with small foraging bands of Chickadees and Titmice. Scientists think that it increases their chances for finding food and keeps them safe with many other birds watching for prey. They're active and noisy birds and love insects and meaty seeds. They will visit the sunflower and suet feeders all winter long, carrying the large seeds to nearby tree trunks to "hatch" them open with a whack from their sharp bills or to hide them for later use.
|They love meaty Sunflower seeds|
Food: They will eat many kinds of insects and larvae, beetles, caterpillars (including gypsy moths and tent caterpillars), stinkbugs, and spiders. They also eat acorns, hawthorn and sunflower seeds. Load your feeders with sunflower seeds, peanuts, suet, and peanut butter and they will happily visit.
Nesting: They typically build their nests in natural tree cavities or abandoned woodpecker holes.
Little birds work so hard to stay warm in winter; I'm glad my garden has plenty of places for them to roost on cold nights~evergreens, trees with nesting cavities and even empty birdhouses offer shelter from the cold weather.
|Nuthatch is bottom up at the bird bath|
Please don't forget to have water in the winter garden! Your birds will appreciate it.
For other posts on my little friends:
Winter's For the Birds
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.