Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tits at the feeder again


The tits were busy around the feeder again yesterday and I took about forty pictures. Most were rubbish as the light was totally wrong, but three managed to turn out OK.


At one time there was as many as four birds in the tree at the same time with others hovering at a distance. There were certainly at least two species; the smaller long-tailed tits and the larger which I think were coal tits or great tits.


I think a saw a robin at one stage but it went pretty quickly.

Previous posts of tits:

12 comments:

  1. Nicely captured shots of the birds. Its har to get a decent photo since they flit so much.

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  2. I think you had to have enough patients to take these photos. It isn’t easy doing that. Birds don’t wait for us to be photographed. These photos are lovely.

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  3. Gerald,
    I think the top photograph is a House Sparrow and the bottom one a Coal Tit, but I could be wrong.

    Good photos though

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  4. The bottom one is definitely a long-tailed tit - c.v. http://www.ruchet.com/mesange-a-longue-queue.html

    Here is a French house sparrow - http://www.ruchet.com/moineau-domestique.html

    you could be right.

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  5. Wow, you are pretty patient to take 40 over shots! Nowadays I usually take 1 or 2 shots and I bored. haha...

    keep up the good work!

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  6. Gerald,

    Sorry to disagree, but see
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    The white headstripe on the long-tailed tit goes all the way to the bill and I'd expect an even longer tail (although on a juvenile..).

    I'd still tend to guess a Coal Tit.

    Here is the reference for the House Sparrow. You'll note the grey cap and heavier beak (just!).

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  7. I obviously mucked up the link for the long-tailed tit in the previous post, sorry.
    Long-tailed tit.

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  8. thanks for the links - I always thought sparrows were tinier but fact is I really don't have much idea what birds are what - same goes with flowers and trees.

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  9. Hi there! A bit late on the uptake of your link to my cow post (!) but thanks! My Nashville Daily Photo blog was short lived as explained in my final post. HOWEVER, long in the making and planning (therefore, long to be sustained), I have launched two, well, three new blogs. Come on over and have a look! Really enjoy your photos although I'd have to pull out some maps to figure out your geography.

    Cheers!

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  10. Gerald - My bible for bird ID is the RSPB - you can search their website for birds by family, name or now they have a new Bird Identifier service, where they can help you identify a bird you're not sure of.



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  11. This is the address of the homepage for RSPB bird ID, permalinks don't seem to want to work for me today:

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/index.asp

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