Blue Tit

Cyanistes caeruleusBlue Tit
 
The blue tit is one of the most delightful little birds in Britain, often to be seen hopping perkily round the garden or breaking into bursts of rapid flight. It is a naturally bold and resourceful bird and good at solving problems, especially in the search for food. Not surprisingly, blue tits were the first birds to peck through milk bottle tops! These little birds learn from each other, so any new trick discovered by one, gets rapidly adopted by all! 

Blue tits also have impressive acrobatic talents. Just watch them at garden feeders – they can feed from any angle, even upside down. 

Description: The blue tit has blue wings, tail and top of head, with a green back and yellow underparts. Its cheeks are white and it has a distinctive black stripe across its eyes. Although males and females have similar colouring, the male’s colours tend to be brighter. Blue tits grow to around 11.5 cm (4 ½ in) long and they have a trilling song. 

Nesting and breeding: Blue tits will build their nests in a hole in a tree or a crevice in a wall. They are also one of the most frequent users of garden nest boxes. They make their nests comfy with moss, grass, wool and hair. The female usually has just one clutch of 7-12 eggs in April-May. The eggs are white, with reddish flecks on them and they hatch after 12-15 days.

Where to see them

  • Blue tits were originally woodland birds but are now one of the most frequent garden visitors.  
  • You will also see them in hedgerows and anywhere there are bushes.
  • In autumn/winter, families of tits often join together in large flocks and fly over woodland and gardens, looking for food. 
  • What they eat

  • Blue tits eat insects, spiders, fruit, grain and seeds.  
  • They will eat kitchen scraps (fat, fruit, meat) from bird tables
  • They are a very frequent visitor to garden feeding stations and will eat seed mixes, suet products and peanuts from hanging feeders..
  •  Recommended Farbrook Farm foods include Premium wild bird food, fat balls, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts.
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