About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, November 11, 2016

Photo Share: Fluffy Red-breasted Nuthatch

This fuzzy little Red-breasted Nuthatch is a little chilly this morning. On cold days in November it is common for birds to "fluff up" to trap air between their feathers and bodies to create a natural layer of insulation that acts as a buffer from the winds and wet. Just like our fluffy jackets.

In fall and winter they tend to eat fewer bugs and more plant matter like conifer seeds. At the feeders they like suet, sunflower seed and nuts. They hang out with foraging flocks of chickadees and other nuthatches and are especially fond of the No-mess Nutty Mix Blend.

Related Articles:
- Bird Guilds: How different birds band together to survive http://goo.gl/d0VzDD
- Bird of the week: Red-breasted Nuthatch http://bit.ly/sXqKVH
- Fascinating Nuthatch Bill-Sweeping & Wing Fanning http://bit.ly/s4MWlV
- Facts every backyard birder wants know about Nuthatches http://bit.ly/tBbDbQ
- Black and white bird walking upside down on a tree trunk http://goo.gl/RUCT6O

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