With its woodpecker-like jizz and exotic plumage the Nuthatch is fairly easy to recognise. It is steely grey-blue above, pinky buff below and has a prominent black eyestripe, white chin and dark, dagger-like bill. Nuthatches are busy and agile birds, typically seen working their way down a tree trunk searching for food.
Nuthatches do not occur in Ireland nor across many parts of Scotland. The slow range expansion north into Scotland has been documented through BTO surveys, with gardens often one of the first places that newly established individuals are noted. Most Nuthatches are extraordinarily sedentary, making only short flights from tree to tree.
Nuthatches will use nest boxes, often plastering mud around the entrance hole until it meets their exacting requirements. Nuthatches prefer old holes in large, mature deciduous trees, but they like to line them with bark flakes from conifers, especially Scots Pine.
BTO Conference 2021: Session 5 The Witherby Lecture - Coevolution as an engine of biodiversity: insights from African birds
The talk will be held online using Zoom. Ever since Darwin’s wonderful image of a tangled bank of life, we’ve known that interactions between different species are a powerful force in evolution. This talk will use...
Making the most of BirdTrack data
We have been working to produce useful summaries for bird reports using data from the millions of annual BirdTrack records.