Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sittidae
Genus: Sitta
Species: canadensis (ka-na-DEN-sis) (Info)


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska (2 reports)
, British Columbia
Kelseyville, California
Solvang, California
Windsor, Connecticut
Algonquin, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Palatine, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Hubbard, Iowa
Yale, Iowa
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Golden, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Buffalo, New York
Himrod, New York
Austin, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Essex Junction, Vermont
Shelton, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 4, 2013, HeidiKHandmade from Vancouver, WA wrote:

This bird (I've only seen one) likes to come to my suet feeder. Such an entertaining little fellow!


On Oct 13, 2012, Canadensis7 from Toronto area, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love this bird!!! A male red breasted nuthatch irrupted into our neighbourhood during the winter of 2010-2011 and found the seeds, and then the suet. I first heard of him when a friend went outside to smoke, and this little guy landed next to him on a wall for a good look, no fear at all. He became a regular at the feeders. Then one day, in the middle of a bad snowstorm he brought a female to the suet feeder. (Photo to follow). Harry the Nuthatch, as he was affectionately known, had to go away after that last appearance. I think mating was on his mind. I still miss him.


On Aug 19, 2010, Joyous from Himrod, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This has to be one of my all time favorite birds. To see this little fella, smaller than a chickadee and how friendly he is it is a sight to behold. My son would place black oil sunflower seed on his stomach while laying on the ground and the Red-breasted Nuthatches would come and feed off him. Their "yanhk yanhk sound is a great identifier.