A White-breasted Nuthatch looks to a bird feeder, hoping to grab a bite of seed. A common question about Nuthatches is: Why do they hang upside-down? Typically they are a shy feeder bird and it is thought that positioning themselves this way gives them an advantage of a quick get-away, but it is actually more for finding insects in trees. Unlike woodpeckers, who find food by walking up trees, nuthatches search for insects by walking down trees, thus allowing them to find bugs that other birds can't see. Extra long toes and sharp toenails give it this amazing clinging ability, and you can attract them to your bird feeder by offering large nuts such as sunflowers or peanuts!