it's number ninety two on the Prestwick Carr list and the first time in twenty years I've seen one on my patch. Dinnington, Woolsington, Havannah, Ponteland, Bellasis, in fact all around but never until yesterday have I seen a Nuthatch on the patch!
There I was, standing watching Swifts feeding and listening to a Buzzard mewing as it circled over the wood when a motion to my left caused me to glance that way and there, flying bullet straight parallel to the bumpy road was the little beauty. Passed me just twenty feet away, the orange lower and grey upper clearly visible as it headed for the pine copse. A lovely sight and satisfying tick. Let's hope for more.