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Tits and Holes

Monday, 16th March 2015

Great Tits, Blue Tits and Coal Tits, all live in holes. Long Tailed Tits don’t. Frankly, they are a law unto themselves. Although they form flocks in winter they are often paired up before the end of January and start nest building way before any of their relations. And what a nest!
Basically, it is a ball. A ball hanging in the middle of a dense and often spikey bush. Gorse is a favourite. It is a silver ball, hardly bigger than an orange.- made from lichens, woven together with cobwebs. Inside, is a tiny grotto lined with down- a feather bed for up to a dozen youngsters! Long tailed Tits are black, white and pink. They don’t fly, they flit. There is surely something of the fairy about them. What’s more, they are more and more frequently attracted to feeders. Fairies at the bottom of your garden. Magic!

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