Location: A tthe bird feeder at our Nature Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaMake: Canon Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi F stop: F/8.0 Exposure: 1/500 sec. Focal length: 232.0 mm
Songbirds of North America 2 per day on 29 August 2009.
Urban Wildlife on 6 April 2009.
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A common bird of deciduous forests and wooded suburbs, the White-breasted Nuthatch can be seen hopping headfirst down the trunks of trees in search of insect food. It frequents bird feeders and takes sunflower seeds off to the side of a tree, where it wedges them into a crevice and hammers them open. Nuthatches gather nuts and seeds, jam them into tree bark, and hammer or “hatch” the food open with their bills.
The White-breasted Nuthatch is normally territorial throughout the year, with pairs staying together. The male is more vigilant when he forages alone than when he is with the female. The female, however, is in danger of having the more dominant male displace her from foraging sites, and she is more vigilant when he is around than when she is alone.