The Wet Woodland Bird Survey
European Nuthatch Sitta europaea
|Appearance||An agile tree climber, similar to woodpeckers. The upperparts are pale blue. It has a bold black eyestripe and black wingtips. The throat is white, the remaining underparts warm buff, with chestnut on flanks. The tail is short and square.|
|Voice||High-pitched chwit-chwit, also a repeated kee-kee-kee.|
|Habitat||Woods, hedges, heaths and gardens.|
|Food||Seeds, nuts, insects.|
|Breeding Habits||6-9 eggs in a tree hole plastered with mud around the entrance hole.
Incubation takes 14-18 days and fledging takes 23-25 days.
1 brood pr year; April-May.
|Location in Wet Woodland||Seen in the Mound and stony area. They mainly frequented the few big trees in these areas. The bird was observed climbing up and down tree trunks feeding..|