Countryfile Magazine - - Month In The Country -

Two of the ear­li­est her­alds of spring com­bine in this pho­to­graph: a male great tit and hazel catkins. Great tits fill late win­ter woods with their stri­dent two-note calls – “tee-cher, tee-cher, tee-chee” while hazels dan­gle golden catkins – their male flow­ers – in the hope that a breeze will dis­trib­ute their pollen to fe­male catkins on neigh­bour­ing trees. Great tits, like many small birds, still wel­come full gar­den feed­ers at this time of year.

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