The growing of the Great Tits

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The growing of the Great Tits

The Great Tit. One of the most common birds to greet our gardens up and down the country. Over the past year we have been sharing some particular photos of the various birds that come into our garden up here in the Eden valley. Of course over a couple of years it seems a shame not to look at each one in more detail, so here goes, the Great Tit, from youngsters to adults.

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In previous posts we have looked at the fleeting visits of the Wagtails and the wintery lonely Robins. Birds of the tit variety can so often be overlooked for uniqueness with the number of some them and their ever presence at the feeding area. I find them fascinating to watch as I sit on the front step with a coffee in the morning. Coming and going seemingly non stop back and forth en-masse along with the Blue Tits.

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In fact the winter makes this joint feeding venture between Great Tit and Blue Tit come to the fore as they do indeed band together in flocks seeking out food. Summer brings a plentiful amount of food all over the countryside so this is the time they abandon the blue tits and use their size and aggression to boss the birdtable for themselves.

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Great Tits are much the largest tits and considerably so when you see one next to other kinds. Easy to spot too in colour. Their heads being black with white cheeks and the yellow breasts with the black stripe going down the breast. Difference between male and female? The said black stripe is thicker and goes all the way down to between the legs, the female’s stripe is shorter, thinner and sometimes broken up. Another quaint fact of the Great Tit is that the beak changes subtly for the seasons… In summer longer and thinner for caterpillars, in winter shorter and deeper for seeds.

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I always look forward to Spring, when the little , more fragile, ragged looking young ones come to start feeding. The great tit always seems to be one of the first, it has adapted well over time from being mainly a woodland bird to taking advantage of man made gardens and the food that can produce.

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A classic innocent little songbird don’t you think? However, scientists have found a more sinister side to them in a study done in Hungary. When food of the seed, worm or berry type is unavailable, they have been found to then as a last resort to turn real carnivore, by hunting and eating bats there! You never know, with migrations and time these things could spread icon wink The growing of the Great Tits

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Thanks for joining us in the garden again. More feathery antics soon here I am sure.

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6 Responses to "The growing of the Great Tits"

  1. Nick Robinson  February 12, 2014 at 22:03

    Lovely colourful birds and great photography! What camera do you use Paul?

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    • Paul Steele  February 13, 2014 at 15:41

      Hi Nick. thanks.. I use the Olympus OM-D EM-5 .. I did a post in the ‘kit section’ here on the site to show how good it is for my travels

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  2. Scott (@NESASK)  February 11, 2014 at 19:29

    Excellent post, Paul. Terrific photos and very interesting commentary about the Great Tits.

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    • Paul Steele  February 12, 2014 at 18:11

      Thanks kindly Scott. Got a few more posts like that lined up :D

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  3. OMG  February 11, 2014 at 17:57

    nice tits!

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