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White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
Photo credit: Whitney McCann
The White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis.  This short-tailed, long-billed songbird is best known for its acrobatic tendencies as it descends tree trunks head first.  It searches for insects and seeds under the bark as it makes its way down hardwood trees, occasionally stopping to look around by swiveling its head towards the horizon.

Its bill is sharp like a tine.  After it stuffs an acorn in a tree crevice, it uses its bill to hammer open the nut. This behavior is likely how the nuthatch got its name.

Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
Photo credit: Whitney McCann

The Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus.  A common resident, remembered by many as the cute, fluffy bird with the familiar call that gives it its name. Chickadee-dee-dee-dee it sings from the boughs of hardwoods.  It lives, as the White-breasted Nuthatch does, in the cavities of dead trees. Its robust population can suffer when stands of dead trees are cleared. Each fall the Black-capped Chickadee eliminates old brain neurons, replacing them with new neurons, so it can adapt to environmental changes and its new flock.