SHORT-TOED TREECREEPER

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There have been fewer than 30 ac­cepted records of the con­ti­nen­tal res­i­dent, Short­toed Treecreeper in the UK. This low num­ber surely re­flects the fact that this is a se­ri­ously dif­fi­cult species to iden­tify, at least visu­ally in the field, be­ing ex­cep­tion­ally sim­i­lar to our fa­mil­iar Treecreeper. The calls and song are, how­ever, dis­tinct (though re­quire prac­tice and good hear­ing). Nearly all the ac­cepted records ap­ply to trapped birds (they are ‘eas­ier’ to iden­tify in the hand) and the vast ma­jor­ity have been from Kent, with Dun­geness the par­tic­u­lar hotspot. How­ever, there is no rea­son they could not turn up else­where, es­pe­cially on the east side of the coun­try, (ie, fac­ing the con­ti­nent). Get search­ing and es­pe­cially lis­ten­ing. Most have been recorded in spring and au­tumn, with most re­cent records be­ing in spring, in­clud­ing March.

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