This section is from the book "The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation", by George Abbey. Also available from Amazon: The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation.
The tree-creeper is so active and assiduous in minding its own business that no one, unless the stone-throwing boy, strives to do it mischief. In woods, on hedgerow trees, in pleasure grounds and orchards, the tree-creeper is most useful, eating spiders, caterpillars, pupae and eggs of insects, even removing scale to get at the ova.
Common and yet most valuable of birds in the garden, field, or wood. All the year it works in favour of the forester, farmer, and gardener, and for services rendered visits homesteads most grateful for bread-crumbs and scraps bestowed by the housewife in hard weather. The earliest in nesting of the caterpillar-devouring birds, the bird-nester is as ruthless as the cuckoo, and worse in effect, as a brood destroyed by the heartless boy means many caterpillars undestroyed without any compensating advantage as given by the artful cuckoo. Though said to be fond of bullaces, we have never known this bird interfere with cultivated fruits.