Garden wildlife – Part 1 Blue tit

Over the next few days, weeks or at least until I run out of species or find something else to do, I’m going to focus on one species, from my garden, each day to encourage people to look closer at what goes on in their own back yard.

Hopefully with photos, maybe a film clip or two and some fun facts.

I may also talk about the equipment I use to film, watch or take photos.

Day one – Blue tits.

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I’ve chosen Blue tits only because they are one of the most abundant birds in my garden and always showing up on the Birdsy camera.

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  • Blue tits are easily recognisable and are a common bird in the UK, but not found in Shetland or Orkney.
  • They weigh around 11g and have a wingspan of 18cm
  • Both males and females have a similar plumage although the males are slightly brighter than the females or juveniles
  • Their natural habitat is a broad-leafed woodland, but they do nest in gardens
  • In woodlands, they nest in a hole in a tree. In gardens, in a box with an entrance hole smaller than 25mm. Although every year there are photos of Blue tit nests in odd places such as post boxes, garden ornaments and even a nest in a drain has been documented
  • Blue tits rarely move far from where they hatched
  • Life expectancy is 1.5 years
  • Blue tits are very agile and can hang from the smallest of branches.
  • Years ago, when milk was delivered in glass bottles, blue tits used to pierce the foil lid and drink the cream.

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This film was taken using a Birdsy camera

 

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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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6 Responses to Garden wildlife – Part 1 Blue tit

  1. zanyzigzag says:

    Love the little Birdsy video! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    A great idea, Alex. Blue tits are one of my favorite UK birds, I love their blue and yellow markings. Wish we had them here!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Excellent blog. A lot of us are holed up at home , maybe for weeks and putting out a blog about a bird to watch for in the garden is an excellent way to raise awareness of wildlife and keep the humans sane!!

    Liked by 1 person

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