Garden bird activity

With Spring just around the corner we have had this from Terry Howard –

Blackcap  singing in the trees behind our garden in New Moorsite this morning, also have a pair of Long-tailed Tits feeding on the fat balls for the last few days. There were 6 or 7 of them last week and it looks as though they have paired up.


Surprisingly Long-tailed Tits start to breed in late February unlike other members of the tit family who start much later.  It can take up to 3 weeks to build the nest made of lichens, moss and feathers, and it can take as many as 1500-2000 feathers to build it. Recently both myself and Ralph have also seen Long-tailed Tits in our gardens after quite a long absence.

I have seen other breeding activity with House Sparrows taking feathers from a feeder that I have in the garden, only seen male birds taking them  – see photos below (click to enlarge).

Dave — RalphDSC_0395


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  1. carolpitman

     /  February 27, 2015

    We have blackbirds nesting in our Bay tree. A male blackcap has been a regular visitor during winter. Long tailed tits do visit but usually several at a time. Magpies are nesting in some ivy quite high up at the side of Westfield Lane. I was pleased to hear a song thrush yesterday. 1st time for ages.

  2. Thank you Carol for your comment, we always like a response to anything we post, please submit observations of interest to Westfield Wildlife .


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