Thanks Gordon for the picture and recording. Now we will all be able to recognise the first Nuthatch if one appears in Abernyte! As far as we know a Nuthatch has never been sighted in Abernyte (someone may know differnt though) but they have now been seen in Knapp more than once and also in Fingask area. Keep an eye out for them. When one appears we can truly be excited as it is likely they have never been in Abernyte before, even in the historical past. The first breeding record of Nuthatch in Scotland was in the Borders in 1989 and since then they have been spreading rapidly.
Dot from Knapp told us last week “Hi, Just thought I’d let you know that I have had a nuthatch visiting my sunflower hearts on a daily basis. Never seen them here before - obviously the weather & lack of food has prompted them to seek sustenance that’s easily available to them. Poor all birds just now!! It’s a busy job keeping up filling feeders on a daily basis".
Diana at Hillhouse was interested to see 3 Robins together in her garden. Usually Robins are territorial and do not tolerate each other at all, except in the breeding season. However it seems likely that the hard weather has brought them together at feeding stations and they are putting up with each other in an attempt to get food and conserve energy. She was also surprised to see a Pied Wagtail which has not been around since nesting last summer. Barry has been putting out fcrumbled fat balls for the small insectivorous birds like Robin and Wren which cannot reach the feeders. We also had a Goldcrest coming to our feeders during the snowy period.