Category Archives: Nuthatches

A Trick to Beat the Starlings

The Red-breasted Nuthatches that arrived in our neighborhood last month are still hanging around the bird feeders. I hope that means they’ll be staying for the entire winter! Nuthatches eat peanuts, sunflower seeds and suet. Unfortunately, those are also the … Continue reading

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Welcome Back, Nuthatches!

My overcapacity-crowd of goldfinches and Red-winged Blackbirds finally moved on, so yesterday I decided it was safe to fill the birdfeeders again. Before I was finished hanging up the peanut feeder, a Red-breasted Nuthatch tried to land on it. I … Continue reading

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Red-breasted Nuthatches Return!

I got my wish and it appears that not one, but two Red-breasted Nuthatches will be spending the winter in my neighborhood. One showed up last month, and just yesterday there were two of them on my peanut feeder at … Continue reading

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Wet and Wild at the Birdfeeders

It’s not my imagination that the weather has felt more like Seattle than southern Wisconsin this year. On Tuesday night a local meteorologist shared that our area had just enjoyed its 8th day in a row with no rain. The … Continue reading

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Return of the Red-breasted Nuthatch?

Every fall I hope and pray that a Red-breasted Nuthatch (or several!) will visit my yard and stay for the winter. They are one of my favorite birds to watch. Red-breasted Nuthatches are an irruptive species which means they will … Continue reading

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Geeeet Yer Peanuts!

The peanut cups continue to be a big hit. I have to refill them every other day, and I’ve watched just about every bird species in my yard snatch a peanut from them with the exception of Mourning Doves and … Continue reading

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Cup O’ Nuts

The cup of in-the-shell peanuts continues to be a huge hit with the Blue Jays. On one of the very cold days last week I added a few shelled, unsalted nuts to the mix as well in case woodpeckers or … Continue reading

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Old Dog – New Trick

I read something about woodpeckers the other day that put me and my many years of birdwatching to shame. Woodpeckers never hang upside-down from a tree or telephone pole or birdfeeder because they can ONLY CLIMB. In my mind I’ve … Continue reading

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Nothing to See Here

In my backyard busy bees have now been replaced by busy birds. I haven’t seen any grackles for weeks, so I figured it was safe to put up the rest of my feeders. It’s been standing-room-only since. In fact when … Continue reading

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Fly-by

I got all excited when I spotted a Red-breasted Nuthatch on my peanut feeder last week. I haven’t seen one in a couple of years. They are an irruptive species which means they can appear in different areas from year … Continue reading

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