The Red-breasted Nuthatch is the most widely distributed and abundant of the three nuthatch species found in British Columbia Its reddish belly and white eye-stripe readily distinguish it from the other two species. Red- breasted Nuthatches move quickly over trunks and branches probing for food in crevices and under flakes of bark. They creep up, down, and sideways without regard for which way is up, and they don’t lean against their tail the way woodpeckers do. Their flight is short and bouncy. It is believed when the Nuthatch flutters into your awareness, it bears a message of keeping the faith and trusting what you know within, even if you can’t see it with your natural eyes. /SANDRA JAMES