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Birds - Red-breasted Nuthatch
Class:Aves Order:Passeriformes Family:Sittidae Genus:Sitta

Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis. Not dissimilar from a Bluebird, this songbird has a blue-gray back with a reddish breast. His head is striped in black like the Downy Woodpecker. They like coniferous trees, and like the woodpecker, move quickly over the bark in search of insects and seeds. There is not much sexual dichromatism at work with these nuthatches - the males and females are very similarly colored. It's unusual to see a Red-breasted Nuthatch this far East but some years they just show up. 2012 was one of those years. John McConnell and Nick Varvel both got shots of them this year.

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 Red-breasted Nuthatch Photograph
 Red-breasted Nuthatch Photograph
 Red-breasted Nuthatch Photograph

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