There is a narrow strip of bushes and trees in front of my building and the apartments next door. I see gray squirrels and birds like house sparrows, black-capped chickadees, and crows there all the time, but usually nothing out of the ordinary.
So imagine my surprise when I pulled into a parking space one August day last year and saw this red-breasted nuthatch clinging to a tree close to my car. I was thrilled because it was not only my first nuthatch sighting, but I serendipitously had my camera with me.
Red-breasted nuthatches are common year-round residents in Western Washington, but they tend to prefer more woodsy settings than what’s found on my suburban north Seattle street full of condos and apartments. They are neat little birds because they frequently cling to tree trunks upside down, as you see above.
In the second photo you can see he has a seed or bug in his beak. (A seed I think.) They feed on both, but prefer small insects.