20th April 2018 Daniel Roca

Rock climbing Treecreeper

An unusual sighting a few days ago when scanning a coastal cliff in a completely treeless area. This is a place where you expect to see Blue Rock Thrush, Crag Martin, maybe a Shag or Audouin Gull… you get the idea. Surprisingly, a Short-toed Treecreeper showed up climbing the rock face just like a Wallcreeper would. The bird started from the lower parts, a few meters away from the sea waves, and went all the way up to the top. A couple of human climbers were also there. Notice the fixed anchors on the rock in this short clip:


The foot of the cliff goes right into the sea.

Cliff foot
Short-toed Treecreepers are mostly resident, but with a sighting like this, of a bird so out of its element, and in mid-April, one can’t help but wonder if some of them make longer trips.

Rock climbing Short-toed Treecreeper