little chirpers – blue tits

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Blue Tit in the Plum Tree (16 April 2020)

We spotted these little chirpers zooming in and out of the plum and apple trees.

Can you spot him in the midst of the plum blossom and branches?

It appears they peck and nibble at the blossoms.  Is it these type of bird who are responsible for eating the blooms of gooseberry bushes, as was told to us by one allotment plot holder?  Or perhaps simply eating insects that abound on the trees?
Taking a look at theRSPB’s online bird guide, it seems this little cutie is a Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) – also known as ‘Tom Tits.’

The RSPB online bird guide is helpful to identify birds and also has sound clips so you can hear the birdsong – another helpful pointer to accurate identification.

Blue tits are found widely across the whole of the UK with the exception of some Scottish islands, and are common in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens.

Blue tits are not of conservation concern and remain resident throughout winter and summer.

The RSPB states that blue tits feed on insects, caterpillars, seeds and nuts.  They are said to be good at controlling aphids and greenfly – so go Blue Tits, go!  A gardener’s friend for sure!

 

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