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Nuthatch: down the hatch

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Nuthatch: down the hatch

At number nineteen in the top twenty garden feeding birds is the nuthatch (Sitta europaea). It is an active feed bag visitor to gardens that are near woodland and if you have nuthatches at all they will be frequent visitors. Not only do they like seed but they are very keen on peanuts and adore cheese, especially if it is rubbed in to the bark of a tree.

The nuthatch is very much a part of the woodland fauna and is common right across the woods of Dorset. All year round, and especially in spring, its load and very distinctive 'piping' call makes them unmissable - hear the sound, locate the bird! It can also be heard sometimes opening (or hatching) a nut high in the tree canopy.

Quite a dramatic looking bird, the nuthatch is like no other species and cannot really be mistaken. They are regular visitor to the nut bags by the information centre at Arne and always cause a bit of a thrill amongst the visitors.

It likes to feed facing downwards and is quite unique in being able to walk down a tree trunk.


 

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