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Hungry Nuthatch

Observed: 23rd December 2009 By: DavidHowdon
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyLondon Natural History SocietySelborne Society
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1479 Nuthatch D 01
Description:

A hungry nuthatch collecting some nuts.

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Nuthatches feeding methods.

As a schoolboy, I was frequently to be found gazing through the window at the Big oak tree in the grounds. A nuthatch would regularly bring a seed, jam it into a crack in the tree's back, and then, usually upside down, hamer at the seed to get to the contents. The seeds where around 4 or 5mm diameter and an orange colour, but I don't know exactly what they were. Sometimes it would take the bird several attempts to get the seed suitably wedged. I found this all fascinating but was eventually moved by the teacher into a chair from which I couldn't see outside.