7 things you should know about Nuthatches

  • Nuthatches prefer to reside in open, mature pine trees.
  • Their diet switches from insects and spiders in the summer to sunflower seeds and suet in the winter.
  • In its search for insects, nuthatches will use “tools” such as bark to pry off larger pieces of bark.
  • They will often store seeds for retrieval later in the same day or as a quick source of food for the next morning.
  • Nuthatches are often observed creeping headfirst down tree trunks and poles.
  • Nuthatches roost in a communal group which may contain up to 100 birds.
  • They can stay in their roost cavity for up to 40 hours without feeding. This enables them to survive winter storms.

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