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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:56 am    Post subject: Nine LongTailed Tits.  Reply with quote

We don't get Long Tailed Tits in our garden very often but in this last week or so, we've suddenly started to get them visiting us pretty regularly. They're strange but beautiful looking birds.

This morning, Karen beckoned me to the kitchen window, handed me the binoculars and pointed me in the right direction. I saw at least nine of these fantastic little creatures clinging to the pea nut and fat ball feeders

Almost comical to look at, they were extremely flighty and looked to be constantly on the look out. They never stay for very long and seem to almost have set times for their visits. We're still getting visits from the sparrow hawk but thankfully, not on this occasion.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, we are getting them at the moment. They come in flocks, anything from half a dozen to maybe  15 at a time.
Like your's Bodger they go for the fat balls and peanuts.
Our Sparrow Hawks mainly take Pigeons and leave a mass of feathers on the lawn but I have seen them swoop through after the song birds.
Wonderful to watch the aerobatics.      
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The female sparrow hawk is the one's which takes the pigeons, unfortunately, its the cock bird, whose much smaller than the female, that's visiting us.  
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget it's the RSPB Big Garden birdwatch this weekend.

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-invol...?gclid=COHeosix4tECFQ-3Gwodq8wDog
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We get a gang of long tailed tits visiting our feeders, they've been coming since just before Christmas.

The way they  cover the feeders reminds me of bats for some reason.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hear them before I see them; their call is so distinctive. Then they whirl in and flicker on and off the feeder, just as Mo said, like bats.
They huddle up together on a branch to sleep, helping to keep each other warm. Insectivores really, they have a hard time in our Winters.
Very pleased to see them in the garden though


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