Bird of the month: nuthatch

TOP: Nuthatches can be found year-round in Kittitas County.

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This little bird, about 4 1/2 inches in length, is one of the three nuthatches that we have in this area. They can be found here all year if food in the winter is abundant, in the forest and in wooded backyards that hang feeders of suet.

The male and female are similar, with a dark gray back, short tail, and a distinctive white stripe across the eye, but the rusty red breast of the male is darker than that of the female.

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