Bird Calls Radio’s Bird of the Day for Wednesday, Aug. 17

White-breasted nuthatch by Chris Bosak (copyright, all rights reserved)

The Bird Calls Radio’s Bird of the Day for Wednesday, Aug. 17, is the white-breasted nuthatch. Last week (or so) I featured the red-breasted nuthatch as the Bird of the Day. Today, it’s the larger and more common (at least in southern New England) white-breasted nuthatch.

I consider the white-breasted nuthatch one the “big three.” The Big Three — white-breasted nuthatches, black-capped chickadees and tufted titmice — is a method I use for keeping straight how many types of birds I’ve seen at my feeder on any given day. I almost always see all three of them, so it makes it easy to remember. Yes, I know all three of those birds are small and it’s a misnomer to call them the Big Three. Hey, it’s my system.

White-breasted nuthatches remain with us in New England throughout the year. They are a welcomed sight at the feeder at any time of the year, but especially in the winter when we long for our feathered friends. White-breasted nuthatches are easy to learn by ear, as well, as they utter a “yank, yank” call that is easily recognizable.

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