A Nuthatch Spring Clean

Spent a brilliant hour watching this little chap(ess) clearing out the nest site ready for spring.

The nuthatch is a plump bird about the size of a great tit that resembles a small woodpecker. It is blue-grey above and whitish below, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail. It has a black stripe on its head, a long black pointed bill, and short legs. It breeds in central and southern England and in Wales, and is resident, with birds seldom travelling far from the woods where they hatch. They get their name from the habit of wedging a piece of food in a crevice and hacking away till it breaks. The Nuthatch will either use a hole in a tree or wall, or take over an abandoned nest. The hole may be reduced in size by plastering it with mud. The nest is made from bark chips and dead leaves. I think this one was at the plastering stage. Going to be keeping my eye on this site, I’m guessing the little ones will be fun when they fledge.

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