Went for a run to Sleddale and the moors to try and locate an early Ring Ouzel but no joy. I did however manage to locate this pair of Nuthatch at their nest hole. Had to pull over into a passing place to enable someone to pass and the tree was right by the side of the road. The birds were totally oblivious to the fact I was sat in the car and having watched them for around half an hour it proved to me (as if I didn't already know) that females actually do do all the work. The male sat preening and singing his head off whilst the poor female flew backwards and forwards carrying mud to line the hole! Poor thing no wonder she looks so bedragled.
4 days ago