|White-breasted Nuthatch walking down|
Of the nuthatch species, the White-breasted Nuthatch is the largest. They are omnivorous, although in winter they eat mainly seed and in summer mostly insects. They will also eat fruit, as well as nuts, which they jam into the bark of a tree and then pound away at the shell to crack it open. Doing so makes them sound remarkably like a woodpecker. The most interesting fact about these birds, is that they smear dead insects and beetles around their nest hole in the trunk of a tree to deter squirrels and predators such as snakes.
|White-breasted Nuthatch foraging|
|Peeking around the trunk|
|White-breasted Nuthatch close-up|