Sitta canadensis

A small 4 1/2 inch bird that migrates to Virginia for the winter months.

Males are blue-gray with a white face and belly and a black cap and eye line. They rust red breast and belly.

Females are similar except lighter undersides.

Juveniles are the same females.

Red-breasted Nuthatches eat insects, suet and some seeds. They are often seen “upside-down” while eating or climbing a tree. Some winters they are common in Virginia and others they are scarce.