Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
Nuthatch (Sitta europaea). Taken at Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion, on May 9th 2014,
Taken at Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion, on May 9th 2014,
(1/500th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 12 - 14.5 cm

The Nuthatch is a plump bird about the size of a Great Tit. It is blue-grey above and whitish below, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail. It has a black stripe on its head, a long black pointed bill, and short legs.

Nuthatches are only found in England and Wales in the British Isles, but they are widely distributed in Europe and Russia.

They breed in mature woods and parkland. Nests are made in tree-holes.

Nuthatches seldom travel far from the woods in which they were hatched.

Green status. There are about 220000 breeding pairs in England and Wales.


17-Feb-2018 : Chalfont Park, Oxon (1)
06-Feb-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
01-Jan-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)

17-Nov-2017 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia

24-Apr-2016 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (2)
01-Jan-2016 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)

08-Aug-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
24-Jan-2015 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)

21-Jun-2014 : Zhelezhari, Bulgaria
07-Jun-2014 : Stanford Dingley, Berks (1)
09-May-2014 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (4)
05-May-2014 : Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion (1)