Nuthatches Moved In To Hillhouse Wood
Nuthatches moved in to Hillhouse Wood about four years ago, having been absent for at least thirty years. They are lively and attractive birds who move in quick hops and short flights from branch to branch and are often seen running down a tree looking for food hidden in the bark. The RSPB describes them as follows:
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.
Where to see them
Best looked for in mature woods and established parkland in central and southern England and Wales, on the sides of tree trunks and underside of branches. Occasional sightings in Scotland.
But what could be better than some pictures taken of our very own birds in Hillhouse Wood: