24th June 2017

Young birds are everywhere in the garden at present- here are Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Long-Tailed Tit (note the red eye ring that is clear on the young one). Juveniles tend to be paler and fluffier than the adults and some still show their ‘gape’- the exaggerated yellow bill-edge that helps guide the adult speedily to the juvenile’s mouth in a dark nest! They, and the exhausted and bedraggled adults, tend to like fat and seeds with a high fat contact, for rapid growth, at this time of year- before the young have the skill to catch insects. Conditions: Cool and mostly cloudy. Temperature: 18- Min 13C.

Young Coal Tit

Juvenile Long-tailed Tit with adult. Note red eye ring

Young Long-tailed Tit

Young Great Tit

Young Blue Tit

Young Blue Tit- note remains of yellow ‘gape’

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