Red-breasted Nuthatch is the only North American nuthatch with an eyestripe, and the only one with extensive rusty or cinnamon on the underparts. It is smaller and stubbier than the White-breasted Nuthatch.
The nuthatch's habit of wedging seeds into cracks and hammering them open has given rise to its common name.
Red-breasted Nuthatches join foraging flocks of chickadees and other small songbirds. If you put your suet up early enough you may be able to draw these
beauties to your yard all winter. They usually spend the summers in the
upper part of Michigan and Canada but are residents in
mid-Michigan from September to May.
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