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White Breasted Nuthatch by Michael Cummings

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Taken in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

“The White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) is a small songbird of the nuthatch family which breeds in old-growth woodland across much of temperate North America. It is a stocky bird, with a large head, short tail, powerful bill and strong feet. The upper parts are pale blue-gray, and the face and underparts are white. It has a black cap and a chestnut lower belly. The nine subspecies differ mainly in the color of the body plumage.

Like other nuthatches, the White-breasted Nuthatch forages for insects on trunks and branches, and is able to move head-first down trees. Seeds form a substantial part of its winter diet, as do acorns and hickory nuts that were stored by the bird in the fall. The nest is in a hole in a tree, and the breeding pair may smear insects around the entrance as a deterrent to squirrels. Adults and young may be killed by hawks, owls and snakes, and forest clearance may lead to local habitat loss, but this is a common species with no major conservation concerns over most of its range." Wikipedia

Nikon D300
ISO 320
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 MM
WB Sunny


birds, nuthatch, insect, nature, wildlife, trees, seeds, ecology


  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot Michael. Love it.

  • Thank you very much Joyce

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    What a cutie. Great capture and details.

  • Thank you Bunny

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bill Maynard
    Bill Maynardover 3 years ago

    Great image, love the bokeh. Does this little guy eat meat?

  • Just for you Bill I am sure we can train one or two to be a carnivore

    – Michael Cummings

    HELUAover 3 years ago

    Very sweet capture!!

  • Thank you very much Helua

    – Michael Cummings

  • Navigator
    Navigatorover 3 years ago

    I love nuthatches, especially the way they often walk upside down on a tree! They’re fast too. Nice capture.

  • Thank you very much Nav

    – Michael Cummings

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 3 years ago

    beautiful picture Michael! the background is great and makes a nice contrast. the light is top ;)

  • Thank you very much Manon :-))

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Another great capture, Michael! You’re good!!

  • Thanks Aunt Dot

    – Michael Cummings

  • Jacinthe Brault
    Jacinthe Braultover 3 years ago

    Nice picture Michael:lovely combination of colours, bokeh and sharp detail on the Nuthatch.

  • Gotta love Nikon LOL

    – Michael Cummings

  • Kratos
    Kratosover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Laurie

    – Michael Cummings

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured Michael!

    12 January 2011 … one image a day

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