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The Eurasian treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) is a small passerine bird. They are quite common here, but often difficult to spot because they’re so well camouflaged (as demonstrated in the lower picture).

They are often confused with the Short-toed treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla), the easiest way to tell them apart is by song. The Eurasian (common) says “srrri” and the Short-toed says “tyyyt”.


14 responses

  1. Great pics, that second is amazing. Well it’s amazing that you spotted it, you must have enormous patience or wear camouflage to get that close. I can’t picture the latter but who knows?😊

    June 10, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    • Thanks Tony! I didn’t wear comouflage nor was I very close, the bird was quite high up in the tree and I don’t have a long lens so “cheated” by cropping the images πŸ™‚

      June 10, 2017 at 8:18 PM

  2. Cute, wonderful species! πŸ™‚

    June 10, 2017 at 8:23 PM

  3. Great images – well captured. As Tony has already said, that second one is so good! Well spotted and well caught. πŸ™‚

    June 11, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    • Thanks a lot, John! They’re hiding in plain sight πŸ™‚

      June 11, 2017 at 8:50 AM

  4. Now that’s what I call camouflage! Well spotted and executed Camilla!

    June 12, 2017 at 1:37 PM

  5. Excellent illustration of camouflage! We have a very similar bird here in the Pacific Northwest (and all across the country) – the Brown Creeper, Certhia americana. It’s the only treecreeper in America so we don’t have to memorize song differences! πŸ˜‰
    They never come to the feeder, though you’d think they might go for a little suet once in a while. I always feel happy to see them, since they’re so well camouflaged. They have a habit of sort of spiraling up tree trunks – do yours so that too?

    June 18, 2017 at 12:36 AM

    • Many thanks, Lynn! Your treecreeper is closely related to the ones we have here, similar look and behavior (but again, different song!). They’re unlikely to visit your feeder as they prefer to eat insects and spiders, maybe if you change the menu.. πŸ˜‰

      June 18, 2017 at 6:03 AM

  6. OwnShadow

    I’ve never had any problems spotting a treecreeper. I find them indifferent to the presence of human beings, just like wrens that are also alleged to be shy. Birds like green woodpeckers – now those are shy birds.

    October 17, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    • Treecreepers are difficult to spot if they’re high up in the tree, but they’re usually not shy. Only tricky to photograph because they’re constantly moving πŸ™‚ Our green woodpeckers aren’t very shy, but much less common than e.g. The great spotted one.

      October 17, 2017 at 6:31 PM

      • OwnShadow

        All the treecreepers that I’ve met fly from high up in one tree to head height on the trunk of the next one where they are easily visible due to the lack of foliage there. Most other woodland birds prefer some cover. As for the green woodpeckers, the one’s that fly from my approach could certainly learn some manners from yours.

        October 18, 2017 at 11:23 AM

        • One tip when watching/photographing green woodpeckers is to hide on ground level; they feed on the ground (unlike other woodpeckers) and usually they return to the same area year after year, often close to an anthill πŸ™‚

          October 18, 2017 at 1:54 PM

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