If you live near their long-needled pine habitat, you can attract Pygmy Nuthatches with suet and sunflower feeders, and possibly attract a breeding pair to a nest box. Our NestWatch project has a variety of plans and instructions for building and putting up nest boxes.
Find This Bird
Because they usually forage in tall pine trees, Pygmy Nuthatches can be challenging to see. Look for them in open pine forest (especially ponderosa) in the West. Listen carefully for sharp, high-pitched peep calls—Pygmy Nuthatches are very vocal but they don’t sing discrete songs, so it can be easy to overlook the constant background noise of their chattering. They travel in large groups, so keep watching if you see one flying across an opening from one tree to the next. More are likely to follow. With a bit of patience, you can probably get a good look at one as it scales a trunk or rustles around amidst a cluster of pine needles.