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  • Writer's pictureWildlife Friendly Otley


Whereas a lot of birds are pretty quiet and keeping a low profile at this time of year, two nuthatches were twittering away as I walked through the cemetery. I couldn’t see them, which was a shame, as they show great agility as they forage along the branches for seeds and insects, often walking upside down or descending head-first. At their best these stout, angular little birds have attractive plumage too, a bit like an undercover Kingfisher with blueish grey backs and chestnut chests. They get their name from their habit of wedging larger food in a crevice and hacking at it with their strong bill. They also store food in holes or under stones.

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