So what on earth does "nuthatch" mean? The term refers to the bird's tendency to jam a nut into a crevice to hold it like a vice, then the bird uses its bill like a hatchet to crack open the nut.
Another clever tool in the nuthatch's toolbox is the use of resin. The bird will often collect resin from conifers, and using slivers of wood as a paintbrush, the bird applies the resin to the entrance of its nest cavity. It's believed that the sticky resin deters predators and other birds. Nuthatches dive directly through the hole so the resin doesn't affect them.
To attract Red-breasted Nuthatches to your feeder, put out black-oil sunflower seeds and shelled peanuts. When you see a small, cinnamon-chested bird that creeps along tree trunks upside-down like Spider-Man, you'll know you've got a Red-breasted Nuthatch.