redbreasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 4 inches
Straight gray bill
Black crown and eyeline with white supercilium
White lower face and throat
Sexes similar but female duller
Feeds by hopping along tree trunks and branches often hanging up-side down
Most often found in pine trees
Because of its unique feeding strategy, the red-breasted nuthatch is most
likely to confused with other nuthatches. White-breasted nuthatch lacks a
black eyeline and has mostly white underparts. Brown-headed and pygmy
nuthatches have brown caps, white patches on the nape and lack the eye-
Migration Status:Short distance migrant
Nest Location:Mid-story/canopy nesting
Length of Incubation: 12 days
Days to Fledge:14-21
Number of Broods:?
Diet: Almost exclusively insects and seeds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley