Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)
Much to my delight, and after 20 years living where I do, I saw a Treecreeper in my garden today, seemingly hiding itself among a flock of returning Long-Tailed Tits.
This is good news on two fronts (in addition to the returning Tits) because a) Treecreepers are not commonly seen in gardens, and b) because they are sedentary birds. Once they find a territory they tend not to stray more than 500 to 1000 metres and any hatched birds will, in turn may not stray far from where they were born.
I managed a couple of photos but couldn't get a clear view, unlike the one in the photo above which I took in Cardiff last year, and the accompanying video, filmed in Brighton earlier this year.
The Eurasian treecreeper or common treecreeper is a small passerine bird also known in the British Isles, where it is the only living member of its genus, simply as treecreeper. It is similar to other treecreepers, and has a curved bill, patterned brown upperparts, whitish underparts, and long stiff tail feathers which help it creep up tree trunks. It can be most easily distinguished from the similar short-toed treecreeper, which shares much of its European range, by its different song.