14th November 2014

After covering several birds that come her for our ‘relatively mild’ winters, it’s nice to return to an all-year round resident which surely everyone sees and recognises.  We had 13 Blue Tits here at one time today, even in the heavy rain. These are one of a big group of ‘passerine’ birds, meaning birds that perch but of course they are also very acrobatic, whether finding caterpillars and insects in the summer or focussing on seeds, peanuts and fat-balls in winter. These shots show how these small birds use their claws and their strong beaks to hold onto and peck away at peanuts and fat. No wonder we see

Blue Tit ready to go for peanuts!

Blue Tit ready to go for peanuts!

The Blue Tit holds the food fast in it's claws while pecking. This view shows the white nape.

The Blue Tit holds the food fast in it’s claws while pecking. This view shows the white nape.

Like most feeding birds out in the open, the Blue Tit continually looks up to watch out for danger.

Like most feeding birds out in the open, the Blue Tit continually looks up to watch out for danger.

them a lot- there are an estimated 15 million Blue Tits in the UK (in all but some Scottish Highlands and Islands) and 3,600,000 breeding pairs in summer, and for once here is a bird on the Green List, not endangered or in trouble. Even in very cold winters they recover numbers pretty well. At this time of year they have done with moulting and are visible and colourful again, and the young have grown ourt of their yellow cheeks and have white cheeks like the adults. Conditions: Very wet, dull conditions giving way to brighter skies after midday. Temperature: Max 11- Min 5 C.

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