One of the most common winter birds you’ll find at feeders in southeast Michigan in the winter is the White-breasted Nuthatch, an acrobatic bird that defies gravity as it walks head down, spiralling a tree trunk.
Or it perches perilously from a feeder as this White-breasted Nuthatch was doing at my feeder this weekend.
How can they defy gravity while most birds perch upright?
From what I’ve read, the power comes from the White-Breasted Nuthatches feet and a strong hind toe. As well as a short tail which doesn’t get in the way.