North Lancashire Wildlife Group

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Last winter and spring I had almost daily garden visits by a treecreeper Certhia familiaris, occasionally a pair of them. The regular individual busied itself searching crevices in my trees and trellises for insects and spiders, seemingly oblivious to my proximity. This winter, I’ve again had regular visits. As well as its usual diet, I’ve witnessed it foraging on the ground for seeds under my bird feeders. Unlike the nuthatch which can move both up and head-first down tree trunks, the treecreeper creeps up and around one tree then flies to the lower trunk of a neighbouring tree to repeat its upward search.

Words and Photograph Cis Brook

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