February 22nd 2014

Blue Tit feeding on Winter Honeysuckle nectar

Blue Tit feeding on Winter Honeysuckle nectar

Continuing the theme of the wild-life value of winter flowering shrubs, I’ve been watching Blue Tits taking nectar from the base of the Winter Flowering Honeysuckle. At this time of year many birds are busy stoking up on fat- and sugar- rich foods, ready for nest-building and breeding. More birds are spending time in pairs, or establishing pairs by displaying. This pair were feeding on nectar and insects in the Honeysuckle. Huge Bumblebees were weighing down snowdrops as they fed on them in the sunshine.   Conditions: Dry, sunny spells, S.W. breeze. Temperature: Max-9 Min 8c

A pair of Blue Tits spending increasing time together.

A pair of Blue Tits spend increasing time together.

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