Blue tit

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The Blue tit is a common garden bird throughout the UK and is just 11.5 cm (41/2 inches) long. It is a small relation of the Great tit. They are very lively, colourful and acrobatic bird and loves peanuts, fat balls and coconuts. It can be difficult to distinguish between the male and female as they are very similar but the female might be slightly less blue that the male. They feed on seeds, insects like aphids and other pests, spiders and caterpillars when there are no humans kind enough to put out peanuts and fat. Blue tits are hole nesting birds and use natural holes in trees and walls in April or May but they can easily be tempted to nest in your garden if you have a suitable place to put a nest box out of reach from murdering cats. Blue tits can lay as many as twelve eggs which are white with reddish spots in a single clutch which makes very hard work for the parents when they start to grow in size.

During the feeding of the chicks they may need to find 10,000 caterpillars, spiders and other insects and each time a chick is fed (like other chicks) it sticks it’s bum in the air and ejects a packet of waste which the parent takes and deposits away from the nest so that predators do not see the nest. When the chicks leave the nest they stay together for a while then will become more independent and find their own way. They can be distinguished from the adults by their more yellow appearance. Most of them will perish in the winter if the weather is harsh. It is very important to put out food and water for birds in winter and once you have started to feed them don’t suddenly stop because they will be dependent on your supply of food an most likely die if suddenly it disappears.
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