Thursday, 26 March 2015

Long-tailed House Hunting


For a short period I watched a pair of Long-tailed Tits moving around a large bush in the Woodland that I walk. It is behaviour that I observed last year of another pair and subsequently they made a nest in the location. 

It certainly wasn't the kind of feeding behaviour that one would have associated with this species in recent months. So I am assuming that this pair may be searching a suitable site ready for this year. Long-tailed Tits prefer low thick bushes and build their nest out of sight deep in the bush. They rear one brood of 8 to 12 from April through to June.







30 comments:

  1. I love long tail's Roy, smashing images. Thanks I am back to normal, what ever that is.

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  2. HI Roy These are beautiful shots of this pretty little bird. I hope you can find where they are building the nest and get some shots even though this will be difficult.

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  3. I remember coming across one of their nests under a tree when I was out running. Really beautifully constructed and soft looking, strong but delicate. Sadly, no match for a strong wind.

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    1. The nest is amazing Simon. They usually try to build deep in thick bush for that reason.

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  4. They are too cute to be true ;-). Lovely shots Roy and lovely birdies!

    Regards,
    Marianne

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  5. Always great to spot the Humpty Dumptys of the bird world. Hope they build where you can watch any outcome.

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    1. Thanks John, I will be on the lookout.

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  6. A lovely series of images Roy.... I hope they have a successful year...[;o)

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  7. Hi Roy
    How do you do?
    Impossible to photograph, ah it makes me angry lol
    Very great pictures.
    Hugs

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  8. Hey Roy.. I have not seen a photography of one this close. Those little bitty eye's and that long tail,just adorable!!
    Love these photo's!

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG. I knew you would like them.{:))

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  9. What an adorable bird! I can't believe they raise such a large brood!

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    1. They are amazing little birds Kathie.
      The families when reared tend to stick together and flock with others on through the Winters as well.

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  10. You have some nice shots here. Most of our tots are cavity nesters. But I guess with that long tail, cavit nesting just wouldn't do.

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    1. Thanks Steve, their nest is a dome shaped made of mainly moss, very intricate.

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  11. They are great little birds and I love their chatter, I always know they are around even if I can't see them.

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    1. It is a faint call, but lots of them during the winter are fairly easy to pick out Suzie. Now of course its just two and they are more difficult to find.

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  12. Hi Roy,
    perfect pictures, very nice to see that the birds can at least hold still with you and be photographed, for me this is never the case;-)))
    regards Frank

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  13. What is the tail tit still a very beautiful bird.
    Pretty sharp images.

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  14. So cuuuuute! I never saw this little bird, in my life anywhere...
    Strange the front perspective, on the first image... but they look adorable when we look at them closer, on the other images...

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    1. Thanks Ana, yes sweet arn't they.

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