The White-breasted Nuthatch
Owner of the Knotted Needle In Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, Becky Booth, recently contacted me to order a second Nuthatch canvas for her store. As you can see in the picture, she did a beautiful job of stitching the one she purchased last September at the Dallas show. And what a thrill to see one of my pieces finished! Much to her consternation, she told me that she has the piece displayed in her store and every morning she finds the cleaning staff has turned the piece sideways, so the Nuthatch is facing to the right, rather than down. As Becky and I know, one of the most distinctive features of the Nuthatch is their habit of facing down the truck of a tree.
The White-breasted Nuthatch, as depicted on my canvas, is common to most of North America and prefers mixed hardwood forests. They are common visitors to birdfeeders, especially if you offer them sunflowers, nuts or peanuts. They also will partake of suet. For more information of birds and birding, I recommend visiting www.allaboutbirds.org, the website for the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Interested in stitching more bird canvases? Please take a look at my collection. Soon I will be adding two more: an Eastern Bluebird and a Tufted Titmouse. They, along with the White-breasted Nuthatch, are just a few of the many birds I see outside my kitchen window at the bird feeders.