I live within looking distance of a church I sing at as part of a choral choir. Last summer, I was walking out of the church after an evening service when I noticed a nuthatch climbing up a stained glass window outside the church. I was told that nuthatches were common in the area by a member of the church walking past and indeed there are lots of tall trees which do seem like a haven for nuthatches. Since then ( knowing there are a family of nuthatches around the church) I have tried everything to try and attract the nuthatches to our garden. In our garden, we have a tall fir tree and a smaller plum tree that is dying and is very popular with woodpeckers. I feed the birds with feeders hung from the plum tree. I have tried a nut feeder with a picture of a nuthatch on the front of the box when I bought it, suet pellets, suet blocks, suet balls, rubbing suet into the dead bark of the tree and wedging Brazil nuts into holes in the tree which is popular with greater spot woodpeckers but not nuthatches. I have literally tried everything. Does anybody know any other ways I could attract the nuthatches to my garden? This summer, as a final attempt, I am building a pond in my back garden.
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I've got a little Oak sapling growing out of the lawn ...... no doubt as the result of caching acorns by Jays. It's only about 250 mm high so I don't think it will be attracting Nuthatches any time soon. LOL
I might pot it up to see if I can grow it on but at my age I'm never going to see it reach any size.
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In reply to waxy:
Waxy said:I've seen no 'territorial' behaviour, they are delightful, uplifting birds, happily co-existing alongside all of the other species.
You have, I think Waxy, the Zen branch of the Nuthatch family.
While "ours" are generally sweet. They are not at all averse to looking any bird up and down (with perhaps the exception of Great Spots) and saying, "Eh. Beak. (You see it, don't you?)"
Or perhaps we just have the bolshy branch of the species...
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