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Sitta europaea
UK conservation status (GREEN)

Seeing Nuthatches in the garden is often highly entertaining – albeit perhaps somewhat terrifying for some other birds. For a start they have the habit of moving head-first down a tree trunk – something no other bird in the UK does.

But it’s their intolerance of, and aggression towards, other birds which can really make a visit to your feeding station a memorable one. So a few Finches on a hanging feeder full of black sunflower seeds or a Great tit minding its own business on a peanut feeder, will all be swiftly despatched.

The black line over the eye gives it an appearance of a masked bandit.

See more Wildlife in North Devon in my bird photography blog

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