Hiding Between Limbs by lorilee

A Red-breasted Nuthatch in the Ash tree in my backyard in northeast Iowa.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

An intense bundle of energy at your feeder, Red-breasted Nuthatches are tiny, active birds of north woods and western mountains. These long-billed, short-tailed songbirds travel through tree canopies with chickadees, kinglets, and woodpeckers but stick to tree trunks and branches, where they search bark furrows for hidden insects. Their excitable yank-yank calls sound like tiny tin horns being honked in the treetops.

Nuthatches Typical Voice, Size & Shape
A small, compact bird with a sharp expression accentuated by its long, pointed bill. Red-breasted Nuthatches have very short tails and almost no neck; the body is plump or barrel-chested, and the short wings are very broad.

Color Pattern
Red-breasted Nuthatches are blue-gray birds with strongly patterned heads: a black cap and stripe through the eye broken up by a white stripe over the eye. The underparts are rich rusty-cinnamon, paler in females.

Red-breasted Nuthatches move quickly over trunks and branches probing for food in crevices and under flakes of bark. They creep up, down, and sideways without regard for which way is up, and they don’t lean against their tail the way woodpeckers do. Flight is short and bouncy.

Red-breasted Nuthatches are mainly birds of coniferous woods and mountains. Look for them among spruce, fir, pine, hemlock, larch, and western red cedar as well as around aspens and poplars. In northeastern North America you can also find them in forests of oak, hickory, maple, birch, and other deciduous trees.

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    Wonderful closeup Lori, awesome work my friend!!!

  • Thank you, Larry!!!!! Aren’t they adorable!!!! I’ve never had these guys at my feeders before – - – there were at least a half a dozen or so today!!!! They sure move around fast!!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Another one!! What a great close-up of this beautiful bird and so beautifully framed by the tree!! Way to go Lori!!

  • Thank you so much, Blair!!!!

    – lorilee

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 5 years ago

    I have not seen one of these in a long time. They are such a beautiful little bird. Lovely capture!!

  • Thanks, Deb!!!!!! I’m so excited that they’ve found my backyard – - – they’re so fun to watch!!!

    – lorilee

  • Babcia
    Babciaover 5 years ago

    Nice shot!

  • Thank you, Babcia!!!!

    – lorilee

  • toriyule
    toriyuleover 5 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Thank you so much, Tori!!!

    – lorilee

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 5 years ago

    Well caught!

  • Thanks!!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 5 years ago

    great shot lorilee

  • Thank you!!!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Hi, Rick!! Thank you so much!!!

    – lorilee

  • Sandy Keeton
    Sandy Keetonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture, he’s so cute!

  • Thanks, Sandy!!!!

    – lorilee

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture.

  • Thank you, Rosalie!!!

    – lorilee

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