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What is a Nuthatch?

What is a Nuthatch?

A Nuthatch (pronounced nut-hatch) is a small backyard bird. They are one of the easiest to identify because they are the only bird that can turn sideways and creep upside down and around a tree.  They do not need a tail to support them, unlike woodpeckers, because they have incredibly strong feet!  Older generations of people called these birds "Assups" -- no explanation necessary.

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The Nuthatch Store Sassy Bird Mascot

The White-breasted Nuthatch like the one pictured above is the largest of the species and dwell near mature woods and woodland edges. They are particularly associated with trees that seasonally drop leaves, including maple, hickory, basswood, and oak, though they can also be found in some coniferous forests.  Of the 25 Nuthatch species, all but one (Red-Breasted Nuthatch) are non-migratory.  They get their common name from their habit of jamming large nuts and acorns into tree bark, then whacking them with their sharp narrow bill to “hatch” out the seed from the inside. White-breasted Nuthatches may be small but their voices are loud. 

Most Nuthatches visit feeders singly or in groups of two. They are feisty and aggressive birds, and pairs generally defend a territory of 10 to 30 acres.

The agile, curious, strong, and sassy and feisty nature of the Nuthatch made it worthy of naming a home decor and gift store after.