Nature Notes

Long-Tailed Tits in my Garden

Whilst looking through my kitchen window at the rather dull and increasingly rainy garden on Tuesday, my binoculars focused on 2 long-tailed tits that were feeding on fatballs that I have hanging from a purple crab tree. These birds' have tails that are slightly longer than their body and the species itself, a member of the titmice family, can usually be seen in groups of about 6 or more individuals. Last year I remember 5 having a feeding fest in the same location.

They construct a small dome-shaped nest with a side entrance hole near the top and may produce an average of 12 eggs that are white with red speckles. It is Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend and so I hope these round stocky little birds appear at the time of my survey.