White-breasted Nuthatch pictures (Sitta carolinensiscan).
The White-breasted Nuthatch be found throughout most of the United States and southern Canada for most of the year. This is a darling smallish bird with great balance and hanging skills. It can often be found walking upside down on branches or tree trunks, often causing me to momentarily mistake it for a woodpecker.
Males and females have blue-gray back and wings with white edging. They have a short blue-black tail with white patches. They have white bellies with a rust colored patches just above their legs. These patches can vary in size and sometimes cover a good portion of this bird's underpart. They have a black cap on their white faces and heads and a long black beak.
These nuthatches can be found alone or with other foraging birds such as the downey woodpecker, tufted titmouse and chickadees. They enjoy seed, insects, suet, and will store nuts to eat in the winter. These birds can often be found in trees. They have a unique pattern of investigating and navigating trees. They position themselves head down, tail up and circle the tree in a downward spiral in search of food.
White-breasted nuthatches only have 1 brood of 3-10 eggs a year. Imagine laying 10 eggs! Oof! Their nests can be found 10-60 feet above the ground often in tree cavities or knotholes. They will also nest in bird boxes. Their eggs are pink with a specks of other colors such as purple or brown. These are monogamous birds. Both parents feed their babies for about 14 days before they leave the nest.