26th August 2018

At last we have a day of replenishing, heavy rain but it isn’t deterring the large, mixed flock of Tits we have had visiting our feeders for days now- upwards of 30 Great, Blue, Long-tailed and Coal Tits, heralded by their lovely twittering calls, but dominated by what seems like a successful year for Blue and Long-tailed Tits. Studies have shown the mixed-flocks enhance birds survival in several ways– there are more pairs of eyes and ears to guard the individuals from predators, and more to look out for food-sources so feeding rates are higher than for one’s and two’s. During breeding, protecting a territory is the priority, but once breeding is over, then safety and feeding

Blue Tits and Long-tailed Tits dominate the mixed flock

Young Long-tailed Tits. part of the mixed flock visiting at present

Blue Tits, part of the mixed flock.

become central. So far, the mixed flock is just Tits, but other species, like Goldcrest, Warblers and Nuthatches may join in later in the year. Conditions: Long spells of rain, cloud. Temperature: Max 15 Min 11 C.

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