Sunday, January 20, 2008

winter hips - not just for humans

blue tit at work on a fat ball hanging from the feeding tree in the garden

these birds don't even have to work for their food! and are as fat as butter as a result. the entire lower area of the tree is festooned with all manner of backyard bird feeders (keep an eye on my flickr page to see when i load up a pic of the tree in business).

as well as blue tits, i've seen great tits, robins, sparrows, dunnocks, chaffinches, a couple of coal tits, blackbirds, collared doves, a goldcrest, the most obese pigeons ever and a very ingenious grey squirrel around the feeding tree.

today was the best viewing however, as a whole flock of long tailed tits descended on the two fat balls suspended from the branches. we counted five tits per ball (!) with another two scurrying and twittering in the upper brances. sadly, by the time i had found the camera they had departed.

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