ROV­ING FLOCKS

Bird Watching (UK) - - December Id Challenge -

Some of the most in­ter­est­ing wood­land bird­watch­ing in win­ter comes from wan­der­ing, for­ag­ing, rov­ing flocks. Th­ese are usu­ally dom­i­nated by tit species, par­tic­u­larly Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, but such flocks usu­ally con­tain a mix of species, in­clud­ing win­ter­ing war­blers, Treecreep­ers, wood­peck­ers and per­haps even some­thing more un­usual, such as a Firecrest. If and when you en­counter such a flock, find a place where the flock will cross and set­tle, stand back and watch it come through, check­ing what is there. Note how Great Tits will feed on the ground, while Blue Tits tend to feed higher up. Rov­ing tit flocks are fas­ci­nat­ing and in­ter­est­ing and re­ally can help brush up your ID skills.

Great and Blue Tits

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