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We don’t have many birds with curved bills, and I’m struggling to think of another small one. You can see them spiralling up and round the tree trunks at Gallows Hill and on the Chevin, surprisingly confident in their unobtrusive mousiness, quietly searching for invertebrates such as insects and spiders. Observed closely their movement can be defined as a series of hops, using their long toes, strongly-curved claws and stiff tail. Whilst their mottled-brown backs blend in well with the tree bark, their chests are often an intense, clean white. Eschewing the usual locations, Treecreepers make their nests behind a loose flap of bark.


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