April 25th- treecreepers and garden warbler

Jonathan Pomroy

Another walk along the Holbeck today. After a cold, cloudy start the sun broke through late in the morning. Butterflies were quick to respond, especially orange tips, brimstones, tortoiseshells and peacocks. The sand martins were busy feeding along the beck.

We had very close views of a pair of treecreepers, that were undoubtedly nesting nearby. We watched the male feed the female an insect and saw him singing a rather plaintive song. We were mesmerised by them. Treecreepers are simply like no other bird in the UK. They are completely adapted to life on the tree trunk and we watched them clinging without effort upside down on ash boughs. They ascend the tree exploring nooks and crannies in the bark and then descend with a flight that is fast and inconspicuous. Like magic they suddenly appear at the base of another trunk to start the process again.

We also had…

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