This little bird is a bit smaller than a sparrow. It is blue-gray on the back, with black and white feathers, a white breast, a black (males) or grayish (females) crown, and black beady eye on a white face. It has a sturdy beak, long relative to its overall size.
The white-breasted nuthatch is a “bark forager” and it is notable for advancing down a tree trunk head-first. Besides insects it also avidly eats sunflowers and suet. It makes a scolding but soft “whatwhatwhatwhatwhat” sound. It is a cavity nester.
What brings it to the SBG?
Food, cover, nesting sites. The white-breasted nuthatch eats seeds, nuts, and insects. Its habitat is woodland, but it can be found any place there are large trees, so SBG is a good place to find this bird. It is a cavity nester and uses pre-made cavities.
When can I see it?