Now an annual pilgrimage, I spent a couple of hours last Sunday morning (2nd March) with the Nuthatches that come down to a fallen tree baited with food in Bossenden wood. Firstly, just before 8 am, I repeated last week’s outing at Reculver where the Sanderling's along the tide line were my main focus of attention.
There were plenty of other waders seen, Grey Plover which were photographed as they flew by, Dunlin, Curlew, Oyster Catcher's and the obligatory Turnstones. The Black Redstart was seen again on the rocks to the west of the car park and Marc Heath pointed out a rather smart looking Scandinavian Rock Pipit, its bluish head and slightly pink tint to its breast standing out well through the binoculars in the sunlight. Quite a smart looking Pipit but unfortunately too flighty for a photo.
Tim Gutsell joined me before we both left and made our way to the woods at Bossenden. Only a few minutes after arriving we were into the action with the Nuthatches, spending a couple of hours with them. These Nuthatches are fantastic birds, quite characteristic and always a joy to watch as they forage around the fallen tree trunk in search of strategically placed peanuts pushed into holes in the bark. I returned Monday for an hour, and again with the lorry on Wednesday as I did not have to start work until 12 ish and the wood was en route to my job. (Well kind of en route) After leaving Bossenden to go on to work, the clutch went on the truck. Oh dear, it means I now have the rest of the week off to enjoy this much needed Spring like weather. (Every cloud has a silver lining)
While being kept busy with the Nuthatches there were other common Woodland species that came to take advantage of the food on offer.
And a few more Nuthatches to finish.
I love Nuthatches.