The nuthatch really stands out in the crowd! Not only because of its beautiful colouring, but also because it is the only british bird that creeps down a tree. The tree creeper and the woodpeckers all search for the insects they feed on under the bark by going up the tree, but the nuthatch will go up or down.
I am not fortunate enough to have seen a nuthatch where I live in Norfolk, although this does not mean they are not there. I do not have the patience to wait for birds to appear, although it is very exciting to see something new. I can remember a few years ago, whilst walking in Derbyshire, we stopped en route for a coffee. There were several bird feeders hanging near the door to the pub, which were very much in use. On one which contained peanuts was a nuthatch, completely oblivious to the comings and goings of the pub just a few feet away. Where birds accept and feel safe around humans it is so much easier to watch and appreciate them!
With its beautiful colours and markings it just cries out to be painted! This time I have gone for a smaller piece – just 6″ x 6″ (15 x 15 cm).