Tuesday, 2 March 2021

LTT the Homemaker

On my normal Lockdown Walk I have observed a pair of Long-tailed Tits building a nest. They have to my knowledge been spending the last five days building and the nest is not complete yet.
If you have never seen a LTT's nest it is a complete work of art.
It is bottle shaped with a dome roof with a small entrance hole.
It consists of moss and feathers interwoven into upright branches of a bush. 
The whole structure is camouflaged with a cover of lichen. 
It can take three weeks to complete.

The image below shows moss in the birds beak.

Below the bird has just plucked moss from a lateral branch.










Below you can just see the lichen in the birds beak.








12 comments:

  1. Long-tailed Tit is a delightful little bird. Brings happy memories of my last visit to Britain.

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  2. Beautiful photos Roy. It's early to build a nest. I like your header. Greetings Caroline

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    1. Thanks Caroline, we have had some mild weather so I guess that has caused a few to start building.

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  3. What amazing photos! Long tailed tits are wonderful little birds! I've watched them gathering nest materials many times and have seen their nests on occasion too.

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  4. Hi Roy
    Some truly amazing images of some amazing little birds! They are so industrious and hardworking. I hope their new home pays off and doesn’t get disturbed.

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    1. Thanks Lyndsey. It was still there yesterday.

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  5. Hi Roy,
    Such a beautiful and cute little bird. Amazing photos!
    nr 6 is my favorit, but i love them all and the header is stunning!
    Regards,
    Maria

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  6. LTT is one of my favourite birds Roy. It was lovely for you to see them in action.

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