18th November 2014

The Coal Tits are always less numerous in our garden than Blue and Great Tits, and even when in mixed flocks, like at present, their visits to feeders are usually fast and fleeting. They prefer to eat their favourite sunflower seeds away from the open, in bushes or trees, before returning rapidly for another feed. As I described earlier in the year,

Coal Tit intimidated by the approach of another bird to the feeder.

Coal Tit intimidated by the approach of another bird to the feeder.

Tis Coal Tit is gathering a seed and will fly off to a sheltered spot to eat it.

Tis Coal Tit is gathering a seed and will fly off to a sheltered spot to eat it.

they are the only Tit to cache food and being smaller, they are more vulnerable to harsh conditions or food shortages, so that may be why they lay food up for times of scarcity. As these views show, they are always on the alert, often calling their ‘seep-seep’ calls to each other when they locate food-sources. They don’t stray far from their home range so you may be watching some of the same individuals all year round. Conditions: Another dull, mostly still day after heavy rain in the night. Temperature: Max 10- Min 8C.

Though Coal Tits will eat most seeds and fats you put out, its favourite is said to be sunflower seeds

Though Coal Tits will eat most seeds and fats you put out, its favourite is said to be sunflower seeds

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