Nuthatch - Sitta Europaa
The Nuthatch measures approximately 14cm with a 22.5 - 27cm wingspan, and weighs no more than 25g. There are 24 different species of Nuthatch, making it one of the most widely distributed species being found throughout Europe and as far as Korea and Japan. Not known to be migratory, these little birds seldom fledge far from the tree they hatched in.
Pairs are strongly territorial, with their favourite homes being the old nesting spots of the Great Spotted Woodpecker. Females can lay 5-9 eggs per clutch, with their eggs being white with reddish brown speckles. Mostly vegetarian, their diet is made up with small insects such as beetles and spiders. These little woodland birds are also renowned for their own game of hide seek, stowing hazelnuts and acorns for winter stores. Although mostly found in woodlands, they do sometimes venture to the garden and our bird feeders.