Red-Breasted Nuthatches are some of the smallest birds I see at the bird-feeder, but they don’t let anyone push them around.
We get two kinds of Nuthatches in Muskoka – Red-Breasted and White-Breasted. The Red-Breasted Nuthatch is a full inch smaller than its cousin, averaging about four inches from beak to tail. One of its most charming characteristics is its tendency to walk down tree-trunks head first.
Although they are small, Red-Breasted Nuthatches are among the boldest birds in the woods, regularly chasing much larger finches away from the feeder; even the Blue Jays don’t intimidate them. They are a bit skittish of humans, though, and it can be difficult to get close to them.
This particular Nuthatch was not impressed with me. He parked himself on the feeder and let me get within a couple of feet of him. His contemptuous expression did not change throughout the whole encounter.