As I’ve mentioned before, I am trying to build my lifetime bird and wildlife sightings list here on my blog. This post about the nuthatch will be linked into the tab in the menu above. I could post my bird photos as “pages” instead of “posts” and I may yet decide to do that. But pages don’t have tags or categories which makes them less visible to searches. So for now, I’m going to put them in as posts and link them to the Bird page.
If you have a subject you’ve posted repeatedly about and would like to set up a page for it or a menu, I would gladly help you walk through it. Just let me know.
The white-breasted nuthatch is a little bird that darts around and I found difficult to photograph. It doesn’t stay in one place long.
The male nuthatch has a distinctive black stripe or cap down its head that ends in something like a collar around its neck. The female’s head is the blue-gray color of the body, but has a black collar around the neck. I haven’t photographed a female yet.
The nuthatch has a strong woodpeckerlike bill.
Like it is doing in this photo, the nuthatch habitually goes down trees headfirst.
The white-breasted nuthatch is the more familiar of the species. A red-breasted nuthatch has a broad black line through the eye with a white band above it. It’s breast is a washed-out rust color. The brown-headed nuthatch is smaller than the White-breast and has a brown cap coming down to the eye.
The nuthatch with its quick motion is a fun bird to watch.
I took these photos 01-14-2012 in Southwest Ohio with an f/5.6 to blur the background and focus on the bird. The information about the nuthatch comes from A Field Guide to the Birds East of the Rockies by Roger Tory Peterson, 1980.
For more bird photos, see my bird page under the wildlife tab above.