Natural Observations: Nuthatch coming through… | Way of life

Eric Parker took this photo in Golden Hills of a white-breasted nuthatch in a maple tree. White-breasted nuthatches are widespread throughout the Tehachapi region, but are most commonly found in oak forests and other places with mature deciduous trees.

Nuthatches are small, hardy birds that spend much of their time navigating through trees: moving downwards, headfirst, sideways, upwards, regardless of their inclination and the architecture of the tree. the tree.

These small, agile, sharp-beaked foragers mainly seek out insects, such as grubs, beetles, scale insects, spiders, caterpillars, etc. other insect eaters, such as black oil sunflower seeds, suet, peanuts, or peanut butter.

You can often hear a White-breasted Nuthatch vocalize as it moves through a tree, emitting a brief, nasal cry that has been described as a “snap”. I think of it more like the honking of a tiny car horn, as the little nuthatch weaves its way through the traffic of tree branches.

White-breasted nuthatches are territorial and tend to form a year-round pair. You won’t see flocks of nuthatches, but sometimes in winter you can find them in mixed flocks with chickadees, chickadees and other birds.

White-breasted nuthatches are cute little birds to see and observe, and they help control insect populations.

The Nuwä (Kawaiisu or Southern Paiute) word for White-breasted Nuthatch is tübishuzi, pronounced tuh-bee-SHUH-zee.