I have a number of photos showing a nuthatch hanging parallel to a tree with its head pointed down. But my favorite photos are ones showing the bird striking what I refer to as a “nuthatch pose” — facing down with its head and body at a 90-degree angle to the tree trunk — to get a good look at their surroundings.
That's the perfect time to get a photo of a nuthatch.
A White-breasted Nuthatch clings to bark on a tree in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.
The nuthatch gets its name from its unusual feeding technique. The birds jam acorns and other large nuts into tree bark, then whack them with their sharp bill. That hatches the seed from inside the nut.
The most common nuthatch in Central Ohio (where I live) is the White-breasted Nuthatch. The bird has gray-blue feathers on the back, a black or gray cap that extends down the neck (making it look like the nuthatch is wearing a hood), a white face and underparts with some chestnut coloring on the lower belly and under the tail.