Red Squirrels and Nuthatches

A short post today containing some photos I took at Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk this Sunday. We go there quite a bit as we have an annual membership so we’re getting to see the park in all seasons this year which is quite interesting. This is by no means everything that Pensthorpe has to offer – there are also eurasian cranes, flamingos, corncrakes, turtle doves, waterfowl, bearded tits, birds of prey, otters, so an awful lot of wildlife.

The woodland hide never fails to let me down – there were at least three nuthatches. There are around 5 or 6 feeders and you can get really close but what’s so impressive is how much activity there is – you don’t know where to look. I feel like a nuthatch is an autumn bird because it always seems to be photographed with an acorn in its bill.

 

Here are a few of the red squirrels. Pensthorpe has a captive breeding programme so you can see the red squirrels and their kittens up close before they’re released onto Anglesey as part of a reintroduction project.

12 comments

  1. When we lived in New Hampshire (USA), we had nuthatches at our feeders ALL the time. What a fun bird. Almost always living up to their nickname of “upside down bird”. They were also pretty bold, not leaving when I was filling the feeders, but rather encouraging me to “hurry up”!

  2. For my first few years of working for CEH in the Lake District we had reds in the woods all round the buildings and feeders up for them. We would see them every day but they all disappeared in around 1999 to be replaced by greys :(

    Beautiful to see them in your pictures!

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