The Great Tit

Great tits are the bigger relative of last week’s blog bird the blue tit. They are very colourful as you can see below. Although bigger than the blue tit, they are still quite small.

They are very common woodland birds, however they are also regular garden visitors where they enjoy the bird tables and feeders as they like to eat seeds and nuts as well as insects such as caterpillars.

Their nests can be found in all sorts of places from nest boxes to pipes and letter boxes. In fact anywhere where there is a hole will be a potential site. The nest are made of twigs or dried roots, and then it is lined with moss and soft material such as hair. If you are putting up a nest box for them it should be small and the hole should be 28mm in diameter.

The eggs are white speckled with brown, and they normally lay 7 to 9 between March and early July. They take 13 to 15 days to incubate and then the youngsters leave the nest after 18 to 21 days.

 

Bye for now

Susan and Toby

 

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