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Red-breasted Nuthatch are a small gray backed bird with black cap and prominent eye line. They have a rust golden red breast and belly.
These long-billed, short-tailed songbirds travel through tree canopies with chickadee and woodpeckers. They live mainly in coniferous forests of spruce, fir, pine, hemlock, larch, and western red cedar. Eastern populations use more deciduous woods, including aspen, birch, poplar, oak, maple, and basswood.
This Red-breasted Nuthatch was spotted at the Chippewa Picnic Area on Hwy 26 near the snow plowed parking area for cars. It was eating on a small deer carcass. In the summer, Red-breasted Nuthatches eat mainly insects, beetles, caterpillars, spiders, and ants. In the fall and winter they eat conifer seeds,