Birds of Reston, Virginia: White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

blue-gray White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) on a tree trunk in reston Virginia

Nuthatches are not woodpeckers, though they eat a similar diet of insects gathered from tree bark, along with nuts and seeds. They also hop around a lot like woodpeckers—probably more so. This inspired me to invent a game called “Find the White-Breasted Nuthatch.” Read the post to play.

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