Blue Tit

The Scots Magazine - - Polly’s Places -

Easy to recog­nise and much-loved, in the days when we had milk de­liv­ered to our doorsteps, the cheeky blue tits pecked the foil tops off the bot­tles to sup the cream.

To­day, we sel­dom hear their old coun­try nick­names: Tom tit, tit­mouse, Tommy blue­cap, Billy biter, ox eye and blue yaup. Blue tits read­ily take ad­van­tage of nest boxes and raise sub­stan­tial broods, though many young­sters fall prey to preda­tors such as spar­rowhawks, jays, cats, and greater spot­ted wood­peck­ers.

The lat­ter fre­quently drill out wooden boxes to ex­tri­cate chicks for a high pro­tein snack. Though per­haps sur­pris­ing, this is na­ture in the raw.

This blue tit had an ex­traor­di­nar­ily elon­gated bill, but was seen in our gar­den through­out the win­ter and did not seem ad­versely af­fected by it.

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