Birds - Gary Cook

White Breasted Nuthatch.

This Nuthatch is just about to land on one of our bird feeders. The species gets its name from its habit of taking nuts and fat seeds and jamming them into the crevices of tree bark. Once held firmly by the bark the little bird hammers at the seed with its beak to break open and feast on the seed. Some of our trees are festooned with the remains of seeds from these little birds. It drives the local squirrels nuts (sorry about the pun...).
Nuthatches are very fast fliers and it’s a fun challenge to catch them in flight, especially when they are flying directly towards you at high speed.