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Nature watch: feed the birds



This should have been posted two days ago but LJ wasn’t playing. We’ve had a series of foggy and frosty mornings, very beautiful, which remind me so much of this favourite Tunnicliiffe illustration from the Ladybird book What to Look for in Winter.
As soon as it’s daylight, I’m able to enjoy what has become a daily treat: watching long-tailed tits on the bird feeder. There are always six of them, never a singleton. They all cling on to the feeder at once, tails wagging busily. Then at some unknown (to us) signal, they all fly away at once, only to return moments later. It’s a charming sight. When they’ve finished, the blue tits have a go. I’m surprisingly pleased by this.

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It's frosty and foggy again this morning. It's cold but it beats those dark gloomy days when the weather does nothing.

I have long tailed tits this year for the first time ever and they are sweet and funny the way they arrive and leave in groups :)
It's awful here now. The fog has actually got worse since this morning and I can't see further than my hedge. A shame after the bright days we've had and awful for anyone travelling.

The long-tailed tits are new here, too. They're fun to watch.
I've noticed that the long-tail tits go round in a gang of six, too.
They must have a reason for it! Safety in numbers?