This is one bird that I don’t see very often. They have a quiet call and are often foraging for insects on the trunks and branches in dense coniferous forests.
They breed mostly up in Canada and will winter in the US.
I found this one in some long-leaf pines at a wildlife refuge. It is only around 4 1/2” small… I was very happy to have found it, otherwise I would be trying to find this species every time I go birding this year! I’ve probably only seen one 3 out of the past 9 years that I have been counting.
In the photo above, this Red-breasted Nuthatch is eating a ladybug!
Remember to stay healthy and stay safe.