Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)
I went to walk the woodlands of my childhood in the Cheshire village of Sandiway... Kennel Woods. The woods are accessed by parking on Kennel Lane. The hounds of the Cheshire Hunt were kept at the kennels located at the end of this aptly named road and date back over 250 years. The most famous hound was called Bluecap. In 1762 Bluecap was entered into (and won) a race at Newmarket to see who owned the fastest dog (the stake was 500 guineas a massive sum). The local hostelry was renamed after him and there is a monument in his name at the kennels. My target bird to see today were the Treecreepers. I love to watch their behaviour of going from tree to tree starting at the bottom then climbing up looking for insects whilst circling the trunk. They can only climb upwards. My other highlights today.... Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a flock of Redwings feeding amongst the leaves.