Red-breasted Nuthatch

A common nuthatch, the Red-breasted Nuthatch is a short-distant migrant.  Their northernmost populations migrate south each year within the United States, but many populations may not migrate at all. 

Those Red-breasted Nuthatches that do migrate, leave as early as July and may reach their southernmost point by September or October. 


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Red-breasted Nuthatch


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Red-breasted Nuthatch


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Red-breasted Nuthatch


These were taken during the evening’s golden hour at Pea Island NWR.



28 thoughts on “Red-breasted Nuthatch

  1. Great shots of this bird! I have only seen one one day in our backyard. The White-breasted Nuthatches are dominant here and that’s all we see, most of the time.

  2. Beautiful captures (as always)! Our nuthatches seem to have disappeared for the summer, but we’re hoping they return as the weather in the mountains turn colder. These are the little guys who first fed from my hand. They are right there at the top of the list of favorite birds for that very same reason.

  3. This is an irruption year for red-breasted nuthatches. Apparently a bumper-crop of RBH’s born in Canada and northern New England this year, coupled with a significant decline in pine cone production (which varies year to year) has encouraged large numbers RBH’s to migrate much further south than usual. Their antics are so much fun to watch–one of my favorite birds. Glad they’re here!

    • Thank you, Anne, for the info about this year being an irruption year for RBHs! I had been reading last night about different species that can have irruption years, I missed the RBH on my reading. This one was indeed fun to watch and try to keep up with! 😊

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