Nesting nuthatches

Nuthatches are nesting at Wheatland Farm. They’re using a nestbox made by a guest who stayed in the eco lodges – Nuthatch Lodge actually. How appropriate! Thanks Huw!

Nuthatches are interesting as they usually nest in holes, which they partially wall in with mud to keep predators out. In this case they’ve ‘mudded up’ the crack under the lid. So there’s no looking inside for a peek. But hopefully that’ll keep the resident stoat out as well as curious people. The birds are frantically busy right now, hunting for grubs and caterpillars to feed their young. We see both adults fossicking along the windowsills looking for spiders. May is such a fabulous time – new life abounds.