With its trees, shrubs and gardens, our estate is home to a variety of wildlife. It was sad to lose so many mature trees earlier this month. However, we can still appreciate the ones that are left and the wildlife that visits and lives in them. This post is about an elegant bird – the Nuthatch.
The Nuthatch has distinctive colourings: it is blue-grey on top
and rust-coloured below and it has a black stripe running across its eye to the
back of its head.
Its name comes from its habit of wedging nuts or seeds in crevices in the bark and hammering them open with its bill.
Nuthatches have been spotted on several occasions, including this
week, on the oak tree outside Chalner House. Perhaps you’ve seen them on other
trees on the estate too?
Watch out for the Nuthatch’s unusual way of moving down trunks:
it’s the only British bird species which goes down headfirst!
This post is part of an ongoing series about nature and wildlife on Palace Road Estate. Do get in touch if you’ve spotted any other interesting birds, or other types of wildlife, which we could cover in future posts (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
With so many trees and shrubs, as well as private gardens, our estate is home to a variety of wildlife. Squirrels are ever-present, as are a variety of birds – blue-tits, blackbirds, crows, starlings, pigeons and jays. More unusual species of birds are occasionally spotted, including wrens and greater-spotted woodpeckers. Have you seen any unusual wildlife? Let us know if you have. If you can take a photo, all the better – we can publish the photo on this website.