Friday, 22 June 2012
Nuthatches!... At last
The Nuthatch has long been a bird I want to see, I have been out several times to try and see them with no luck. Today however My Uncle Iain took me to Warley place where there are said to be Nuthatches.
We first went to the 'South hide' where I noticed a Great Tit on the feeder who was missing all the skin and feathers from its head! it's the second time I've seen a Great Tit like this.
We then headed to the 'North hide' where the Nuthatches are, we had only to wait five minutes before a scraggly Nuthatch appeared on top of the feeders posing before flying off! It probably has a brood of
hungry youngsters somewhere.
We waited longer and the Nuthatch came down onto the peanut feeder, another Nuthatch came down onto the feeder as well, as they are territorial birds it must have been its mate or its young. We left to pick my father up as he too wants to see Nuthatches. We went straight to the North Pond Hide but there was not a Nuthatch in sight. There were plenty of other birds though - Blue and Great tits, Chaffinches, Robins, Wrens, Jays, Magpies and we also heard a Buzzard 'mewing'.
After an hours wait an Adult popped up briefly then disappeared. After another five minutes I spotted one not very far away in a tree, I believe that this is a Young bird, as it was quite dull coloured and had a tiny bill. Due to low light I had to take pictures with a tiny shutter speed, but I managed this.
When We pulled out of the car park a Peregrine Falcon flew over!