The long-tailed tit

David Chapman

Writer and photographer, David Chapman, introduces the long-tailed tit



Long-tailed tits rarely do anything on their own so if you are lucky enough to see one in your garden have a look for its friends, they won't be far behind!

The long tailed tit is one of the most cooperative of all British birds and there is no better time to witness that than in the autumn when flocks of these delightful tits can be seen foraging along our hedgerows.

Their excitement at finding a rich supply of food, or their nervousness when they spot a threat is revealed by an excited, high-pitched twittering and it is this sound that usually alerts the observant bird watcher to their presence.

If ever you should see a flock of long-tailed tits progressing towards you along a hedge then stand perfectly still and wait for them to pass by; they can come remarkably close.

Of course the best way to see them at close quarters is to put out bird feeders and the favourite for this particular tit species is the peanut feeder; but don't be surprised if they choose not to 'hang around' for long, long-tailed tits always feel safer if they move on quickly.

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