27th January 2016

I’m about to go down south again so I’m posting a few recent shots of the lovely Long Tailed Tits, showing their gorgeous markings. Historically, these birds didn’t visit garden feeders but the fat and high energy foods put out can be vital for their winter survival. Being such small birds they are very vulnerable to cold weather. Like Wrens, they huddle together at night to help keep warm. With such small round bodies and long tails, some call them ‘flying teaspoons’, while I like the older  ‘Bumbarrels’. They begin to nest earlier than other Tits so will start to pair up in February or early March but right now they are still in large, family groups. Conditions: Showers and blustery winds. Temperature: Max 13- Min 2c

Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit

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