Bird Feeders : White-breasted Nuthatch
The White-breasted Nuthatch is a small, grayish bird. Its physical characteristics include 5 to 6 inches in length, reddish brown rump and flanks, black crown, nape and bill, blue-gray upper parts, brown and black tail feathers, and white under sides. It likes to inhabit deciduous and mixed forests, groves, and wooded towns in places like Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
The diet of the White-breasted Nuthatch mostly consists of nuts, seeds, insects, and fruits. It eats a seed by wedging it into a crevice and hacking it open, hence its name “nuthatch”. White-breasted Nuthatches forage for food by traveling with its close relatives like the chickadees and titmice. They store food in the bark of trees to save for times and seasons with not much food supply.
To attract the White-breasted Nuthatch to your feeder, make sure you fill your feeder with lots of acorns, nuts, insects, and sunflower seeds. Put your feeder in a space with lot of shade trees. For the dimensions, your feeder could have a 4” by 4” floor, a 9” ceiling, and a 1 ¼ diameter entrance hole. Put in a lot ventilation openings for regulated temperature. Do not paint the interior or entry hole.
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