The bird, like other nuthatches, possesses a sharp black nail-like beak, which it uses to pound open seeds. It is a frequent visitor to feeding stations and is highly fond of sunflower seeds and suet cakes.
Their breeding habitat is mixed or deciduous woods in the United States from New Jersey west to southern Kansas and south to Florida and Texas; there is a gap in the range at high altitudes in the Appalachian Mountains where they are replaced by their otherwise more northern relative, the black-capped chickadee. They nest in a hole in a tree; the pair excavates the nest, using a natural cavity or sometimes an old woodpecker nest. They may interbreed with black-capped chickadees where the ranges overlap, which can make identification difficult.They are permanent residents, not usually moving south even in severe winter weather.
I very much enjoyed both bird photos, HJ, and the info today. We don’t have either of those chickadee species on the west coast, I didn’t know that they interbred. Very interesting.
Interbreeding is known to happen when birds were same species once and then separated geographically eons ago; however they are still carrying the same gene compatibility.
Thank you, my friend. 🙂
Both lovely portraits of eastern birds I have yet to see, H.J. One of these days, I hope. Have a pleasant weekend.
Thank you, Tanja. I hope you do. Have a great weekend! 🙂
Again two birds with such poetic names, H.J. Suits them perfectly.
Thank you very much, D. They live in my backyard. 🙂
How lucky you are!