Brown-headed Nuthatch populations are declining in many areas. In fact, the brown-headed nuthatch is considered by some experts to be the least common nuthatch in North America. Brown-headed nuthatches prefer mature pine forests, and loss of this habitat has played a major role in their decline. 
They are small industrious birds and are fun to watch. It’s easy to tell when they are around because their call sounds like a small squeaky toy.
The good news is that, so far, they seem to be doing well in Peachtree Park. We’ve noticed them nesting here in birdhouses and snags for the last several years.
But that’s not to say that they don’t still need your help. It’s nesting season, and you can do a lot for this little bird by putting up a birdhouse. Atlanta Audubon’s Nest Boxes for Nuthatches page has information on how you can buy or build your own nest box along with other information about the Brown-headed nuthatch.
Below is a short video of a pair nesting in a birdhouse mounted on a snag just down the street from us (thanks for leaving the snag!) The video was recorded yesterday and today. We think they are still building the nest because you can see nesting material in one Nuthatch’s mouth at the beginning of the clip.
These photos were taken in Peachtree Park and there are two additional Brown-headed Nuthatch videos on our Bird Videos page.