1st June 2017

Great Tits, like this male this morning, can be seen feeding their newly fledged young all over the UK at present, so keep your eyes peeled. The most studied species of birds in the world, one researcher has calculated that the Great Tit parents feed a nest of fledglings the equivalent of us bringing home 100kg’s of shopping every day for three weeks! The bright, wide gape and mouth helps stimulate the adults to feed the young. Even out of the nest, the young birds are demanding. Conditions: Hot and sunny. Temperature: Max  21- Min 12 ..

Demanding young Great Tit

Male Great Tit responds to the juveniles demands

8th February 2017

Recognising birdsong– this is a good time of year to gradually learn, one at a time, before many birds start singing for territories and to attract a mate. The Great Tit has several calls, but the easiest is the loud two-note song you’ll hear now, often represented as ‘teacher-teacher’ but I think of as a tick- short down, longer up note. I found that learning one bird-song at a time really helps, and Great Tits are common to most areas so good as a start. Conditions: Chilly and grey, with some rain. Temperature: Max 3-Min 0C.

Great Tit

Great Tit

Great Tit

Great Tit

Great Tit

Great Tit

29th April 2015

Great Tot investigates the box yesterday

Great Tot investigates the box yesterday

A bit of a struggle to get in!

A bit of a struggle to get in!

Today the female has been busy gathering sticks....

Today the female has been busy gathering sticks….

...and large amounts of moss from our 'lawn'!

…and large amounts of moss from our ‘lawn’!

Great Tits nesting: Just when we thought it was too late, a pair of Great Tits started inspecting one of our nesting boxes yesterday and by the evening they had taken substantial amounts of moss and sticks into the box. This time last year the female was already sitting on eggs. I watched them again this morning- the male was calling and the female was busy gathering nesting material, glad that we have a very mossy lawn! If successful, she will go on building the nest and do all the incubating if there are any eggs. Both male and female feed the young. Last year the eggs were abandoned so we will watch on the ‘nest-cam’ and see how they do. Great Tits often return to the same box, so at least one of this pair may be the same as last year. Young females nest a little later than older ones, and on average only one of each couple and one of each brood of Great and Blue Tits survive into the next year. Conditions: Heavy April showers and sunny spells. Temperature: Max 11- Min 5c.