Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

An adorable Red-breasted Nuthatch in slow motion

Watch more with these video collections:

“They creep up, down, and sideways without regard for which way is up,” reports about the Red-breasted Nuthatch, and this jaunty slow-motion video from Lesley the Bird Nerd provides the perfect example.

Watch as this bold little bird makes its way up and down the tree branches of Western Newfoundland, where Lesley Earle gets to know her local birds. From All About Birds:

Look for them among spruce, fir, pine, hemlock, larch, and western red cedar as well as around aspens and poplars. In northeastern North America you can also find them in forests of oak, hickory, maple, birch, and other deciduous trees…

red-breasted nuthatch on a branch

In summer, Red-breasted Nuthatches eat mainly insects and other arthropods such as beetles, caterpillars, spiders, ants, and earwigs, and they raise their nestlings on these foods. In fall and winter they tend to eat conifer seeds, including seeds they cached earlier in the year… They also eat from feeders, taking peanuts, sunflower seeds, and suet…

When moving downward they typically zigzag, keeping their grip by relying on the large claw on their one backward-pointing toe on each foot. Red-breasted Nuthatches are aggressive birds that sometimes dominate larger birds at feeders. Nuthatches are among the few non-woodpeckers that excavate their own nest cavities from solid wood.

red breasted nuthatch
Follow Lesley the Bird Nerd on YouTube and Instagram.

Previously from Lesley: A Lot About Blue Jays. Plus:
• How to make a Wildlife Camera (using a Raspberry Pi)
• The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Song Hero
A blue-and-white flycatcher bathes in a Japanese bird bath

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Ravens and Crows: How can you tell them apart?

Rion Nakaya

Plantpot Parabolic, a DIY reflector for recording birdsong on a smartphone

Rion Nakaya

Observing Australia’s Kookaburras, the largest kingfishers in the world

Rion Nakaya

Life inside a black-capped chickadee nest box

Rion Nakaya

Learning To Fly, a StoryCorps animation with birder Drew Lanham

Rion Nakaya

How to make a Wildlife Camera (using a Raspberry Pi)

Rion Nakaya

Feathers Gone Viral: The New York City Virus Hunters

Rion Nakaya

British Birdsong, an illustrated montage of sound

Rion Nakaya

Blind Birdwatcher Sees With Sound

Rion Nakaya