The Blue Tit

 

This week we are looking at a another lovely bird, the blue tit. These beautiful  little birds which flit around so happily with their bright blue and yellow feathers are easily recognizable, and they are very common in Europe, Asia, North West Africa, and throughout the UK, everywhere except the tip of Scotland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Stuart Lilley Photography.

 

The blue tit’s diet is varied, they eat small insects, seeds, nectar spiders, and you will see them in your gardens enjoying the nut feeders of course.

Their song is easily recognisable.

As with most of nature they time their egg laying to coincide with an abundance of food, which is normally in April/May. They have been known to lay another clutch later in the year, although this is unusual in the UK.

Their nests which are normally built in a hollow or hole in a wall or tree, are made of moss and grass which is then lined with feathers, hair and wool. The eggs are incubated for 12-16 days and both parents look after the chicks.

In next week’s blog we will take a look at the blue tit’s larger relative, the great tit.

 

Bye for now – Susan and 

 

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