22nd November 2014

Great Tits are thought to be one of the quickest birds to find new food-sources, and their over-winter survival rates are higher (despite the density of the cat population) in suburban areas than in woodlands, though their breeding is more successful in woods than gardens. Their diet shifts at the time of year from invertebrates to seeds and fruit. In a good year of Beech seeds (‘mast’) , they will stay longer in beech woodlands, in flocks, feeding on the fallen mast on the ground but in a poor year, or as supplies run out, they come into gardens more and more. In gardens the average number in mixed

Great Tits visit gardens throughout the year, like tis acrobatic young bird.

Great Tits visit gardens throughout the year, like tis acrobatic young bird.

But expect more in the garden as they switch their diet in the winter.

But expect more in the garden as they switch their diet in the winter.

flocks is 3, which is the number we keep getting, despite having 23 Blue Tits in a mixed flock here the other day! Apart from moving from uplands in severe winters, the resident population  doesn’t move far. East coasts populations are swelled by migrants from across the North Sea. Conditions: A little brighter skies today following heavy rain through the night. Temperature: Max 14- Min 8C

Great Tits have their smart winter coats now, too- males have a wider stripe of black than females.

Great Tits have their smart winter coats now, too- males have a wider stripe of black than females.

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1 thought on “22nd November 2014

  1. They are truly beautiful birds Penny (especially so clear in your photographs). So in other words, in the Winter months, they become Vegetarians? I am sure I would see so many more birds if I didn’t have these cats.

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