Red-breasted Nuthatches are on the move this fall and it's easy to host them in your yard.
In winter, these nuthatches eat seeds, especially seeds from conifer trees. When those natural food sources fail or are inadequate, they migrate in search of better cone crops. That's what is happening this year and why you might see this feisty little bird in your yard for the first time.
1) Red-breasted Nuthatches love peanuts.Offer peanuts out of the shell (unsalted of course) and you will be offering one of the Red-breasted Nuthatches' favorite feeder foods.
Bark Butter, Peanut Butter & Jelly or Naturally Nuts suet cakes. And for suet logs, Bark Butter Plugs and PB&J plugs will satisfy their suet cravings.
3) Offer Stackables or cylinders with nuts.Nutty for Nuts cylinders or Stackables. Filled with nuts...'nuf said.
mesh feeders hold peanuts out of the shell. Nuthatches (and other birds like chickadees and titmice) will cling to the mesh while pecking at the nuts to get them the right size to pull out. You'll get better views of this handsome bird as they spend more time at the feeder.
5) Try feeding Red-breasted Nuthatches from your hand.Red-breasteds are extremely approachable and have been known to take food from an extended hand. I'd use peanuts (no surprise there considering items 1-3!)
The good thing is that if you do these things, other birds like chickadees and titmice will also take advantage of these offerings! Enjoy the nuthatches this year, especially if they are a new visitor in your yard!