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Sleek, snarky nuthatches dash down trees headfirst

This male white-breasted nuthatch, visiting a suet feeder, has struck the iconic “head down” pose for which nuthatches are so famous.
Photographer: Bill Danielson
This male white-breasted nuthatch, visiting a suet feeder, has struck the iconic “head down” pose for which nuthatches are so famous.
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One of my favorite feeder visitors is the white-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis). I should probably qualify that description by admitting that any bird that visits my home is a “favorite bird” of mine, but I have a particular affinity for nuthatches that I can’t quite explain. I know that they are just as aggressive and successful as any of the other birds, but to me the nuthatch has a quality of innocence that I find ...

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