Nuthatch Small Journal
The following description appears on the inside cover of your small journal.
This short, stocky bird, largest of North American nuthatches, is a permanent resident throughout the eastern and western U.S. The white-breasted nuthatch spends most of its life in large deciduous forests, moving over the bark of trees trunks and main branches in a series of short, jerky hops.
Nuthatches always seem to be upside down. From this position they may find food in bark crevices overlooked by “up-the-trunk” foragers. After descending a tree headfirst, the nuthatch flies to the top of another tree and starts down.
The nuthatch diet includes a wide variety of nuts, seeds and acorns. They often feed in the company of mixed flocks including chickadees, downy woodpeckers, kinglets, and brown creepers, particularly during the winter.
Perhaps the nuthatch can teach us the importance of staying grounded and to have faith in our own abilities.
artwork by Susan Bull Riley