The Second Ladybird book of British Birds #11 – The Treecreeper

The Tree-Creeper is a little bird with a long, curved beak and quite a long tail.

So says The Second Ladybird book of British Birds and their nests:

The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds - The Treecreeper

That’s certainly true:

Treecreeper - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

If you ever see a bird running up the trunk of a tree like a mouse, then that is a Tree-Creeper.

Treecreeper - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It certainly is a Treecreeper and the first time I saw one I thought it was a mountaineering mouse:

Treecreeper - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

When I spotted one it was displaying classic Treecreeper behaviour:

When the Tree-Creeper finishes hunting for insects on one tree, it flies to the foot of another, and starts all over again.

I blogged all about it:

Treecreeper

I got so close to this Treecreeper that I took many, many shots while utterly transfixed:

It likes well-wooded country and old gardens.

If only people hadn’t cut down or burned the vast majority of our woodland to clear it for agriculture they would be a much more common sight.

Treecreeper - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

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