Fam­ily af­fair

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild December -

One of Bri­tain’s re­mark­able win­ter wildlife spectacles is rarely glimpsed by hu­mans. On bit­terly cold nights, long-tailed tits will line up on a branch deep in­side a thick hedge or bush, nes­tled to­gether for warmth. The roosts con­tain re­lated in­di­vid­u­als, of­ten adults and their off­spring. By day, these fam­ily par­ties are much more pub­lic, draw­ing at­ten­tion to them­selves with high-pitched vol­leys of slur­ring ‘srih-srih-srih’ calls.

TOP TIP Lis­ten to long-tailed tit calls at xeno-canto.org

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