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Good morning.  I set up a new RollerFeeder for the winter.  I noticed this bird and when I tried to search the WhatBird site I ended up with a Black-capped Chickadee which I know is incorrect because I get the Chickadees here also.  This photo is taken in December in Northern Illinois (Dupage County).  This bird takes a seed from the feeder and typically goes to the tree and eats the seed head-down.  I typically see 1or 2 at a time.  By the way- the RollerFeeder is great - it feeds the birds and completely baffles the squirrels.

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Welcome.  That's a Red-Breasted Nuthatch.  They hang out with chickadees, titmice, and other small feeder birds, and the feeding behavior you described is typical.  Nuthatches are among the few North American birds who can travel down a tree trunk or even upside down along limbs.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-breasted_Nuthatch

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Agree with Red-breasted Nuthatch! Nuthatches are fun guys to watch. Listen to their call on the website, and you'll probably start noticing them even more.

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4 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Nuthatches are among the few North American birds who can travel down a tree trunk..

Its amazing to see the many different behaviors of birds. I've heard it said that the bark clingers have got all their food source niches covered.  We've got Woodpeckers looking for food going up the tree, Nuthatches going down and the little Brown Creepers circling.  Between them all, every morsel gets found and they're not in direct competition with each other.

4 hours ago, meghann said:

Nuthatches are fun guys to watch. Listen to their call on the website, and you'll probably start noticing them even more.

They are fun to observe, aren't they. I love hearing the little monkey-like 'ah ah' calls of the White-breasted Nuthatch.

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1 hour ago, geoffclarke said:

I've personally had more Red-breasted Nuthatches this year 2018 in Southeast Michigan than I have combined previously in my short history of bird watching.

This is an irruptive year, apparently. 

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@NewFeeder, you may also want to check out eBird.  Both eBird and AllAboutBirds (AAB) are run run by the ornithology college at Cornell U., one of the top bird schools in the world.  You can use eBird to keep track of your sightings.  Your entries will be combined with millions of others to advance bird distribution studies.

https://ebird.org/home

There's a 'Quick Start' guide if you want to enter your sightings, along with a more substantial tutorial:

https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/973977-ebird-quick-start-guide

https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/product/ebird-essentials/

If you choose to not share your sightings, you can still use the site to learn about other birds and birding 'hot spots' in your area.  Drop me a direct line if you need help.

 

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