David Element

 

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______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds – 208 – Long-tailed Tits

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TITS Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

 

                                                                                                        LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus

 

·         The tiny Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus is one of the most charming and animated of British birds. So little concern is shown about the presence of human observers that it is possible to stand in the middle of a wintering flock and watch them feeding from very close range. During the spring these birds build extraordinarily intricate nests and once again close observation can be very rewarding as a pair will tirelessly collect sufficient material in the form of lichens, cobwebs, feathers and other useful contributions to a structure that will usually be built in the middle of a secure bramble or other thorn bush. The nest needs to be extremely flexible as Long-tailed Tits produce large broods (to compensate for probably high mortality) and once the youngsters have hatched it is required to contain them as they move about inside. Therefore small bulges may occasionally be seen as they wriggle around and make contact with the inside of the nest wall. The photographer has been able to confirm the contribution of an extra adult bird towards feeding the chicks of a pair that he had been watching. The additional ‘parent’ is likely to have lost a brood of its own and it may have been related to one of the parent birds. Having been so dispossessed it therefore performed an extremely useful role by providing the chicks in the successful nest with additional food and gave them a better chance of survival. Unfortunately a fleeting opportunity to photograph all three adults in the same frame was missed.

 

·         David has posted three short films of Long-tailed Tits on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEt1tUVnH8U&list=PL4AirIEc0NodqeZdtp_567wjjG7S6vPGy&index=2&t=0s, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gUbFEpaAgk&list=PL4AirIEc0NodqeZdtp_567wjjG7S6vPGy&index=102&t=0s, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aZT8cFxLhg&list=PL4AirIEc0NodqeZdtp_567wjjG7S6vPGy&index=172&t=0s.

 

 

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