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Treecreeper

Treecreeper

Treecreeper

A scarcely noticed bird, the treecreeper (Certhia familiaris), described as a perfect little packet of form and function, is reckoned to have increased in numbers here, although this is not readily confirmed.

A respected birding source finds the observation (of UK origin) of interest but one wonders at the difficulties of enumerating a tiny mouse-like feathered species which cling to the trunks of old trees in gardens and parkland barely noticeable on the protective bark and in crevices where they hide and make their nests.

A Dublin reader recently noticed one making its way up and around a mature garden cypress and was fascinated at its upwards and onwards progress, aided by curved bill and claw, and, having reached a summit, flitting off to continue its insect quest from the bottom of another tree.