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Blue Tits and Suet Fat Balls


The blue tit is one of our best loved and most instantly recognisable birds. This brightly coloured bird is a common sight in British gardens and by providing the right food you can ensure that blue tits visit your home.

Colour


Blue tits have bright blue wings, a blue tail and a blue crown. Their belly is yellow and their backs and mantle are green. They have white cheeks and black eye stripes together with a black bib, collar and belly streak. Their bills are black and their legs a blue-grey colour. The sexes are very similar but the female is a little paler. Young blue tits are duller than their parents and have a greener crowns, wings and tails.

Voice


It is possible to hear blue tit song all year round in British gardens. It is a pleasant song with a tsee-tsee-tsu-tsuhuhu sound. The bird’s alarm call is a churring sound.

Feeding, Seeds and Fat Balls


Blue tits feed naturally on a variety of seeds and insects. In spring they will also feed on nectar, pollen and spiders and will seek out berries in the autumn. They will forage amongst the plants and crevices in your garden for the insects but will also search for food on the ground. They enjoy sunflower hearts from bird feeders and will feed on and . They are extremely agile birds which can hang upside down at feeders for long periods of time.

Nesting


Well known for nesting in unusual and even bizarre places, blue tits will nest almost anywhere. They have been known to nest in letter boxes and pipes but will often choose holes in trees trunks and walls. They will also be attracted to nesting boxes. Their nests are cups constructed by the female using moss, wool, leaves and spider’s web. The nests are then lined with down.

Blue tits will lay between five and sixteen eggs but most often ten to twelve. The incubation period is twelve to sixteen days and the youngsters fledge after fifteen to twenty three days. The eggs are smooth and white with purple or brown spots. Eggs are incubated by the female alone but the hatchlings are then fed by both of their parents.

Blue Tit Movements


Blue tits are residents of Britain and rarely travel far from their birthplace.

Population


The blue tit is the most common species of tit in Britain. There are over 3.6 million breeding pairs in the spring and approximately fifteen million birds during the winter months. The population can decrease dramatically following a harsh winter or a cold and wet spring. Blue tits can be see across the entire country except for on some Scottish islands.

Blue tits are a colourful sight and their agility makes them entertaining to
watch. If you like to encourage more blue tits to visit your garden then provide sunflower seeds, peanuts and suet fat balls, all of which you can find here at Little Peckers and at the lowest prices.

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