Friday, 22 March 2013

Great tit

Another bird from the 44 species recorded at Filnore Woods


"Teacher, teacher, teacher, teach"  says the tell-tale-tit.  Great tits have a variety of calls but this is the one you hear most frequently and once you've got it it is unmistakable.

from RSPB website

In contrast, the coal tit's song has the stress on the second syllable "fitchew fitchew fitchew" and the chiffchaff puts equal stress on all syllables "chiff chaff chiff chaff chiff chiff chaff"

Great tits are quite bold and you will see them on bird feeders and bird tables. They like to nest in holes in trees so maybe some will chooses the nesting boxes we have just put up in Filnore Woods.

Recognise them by their black heads and white cheek patches and by the yellow tummy with a black stripe down the middle.  Females are a little bit paler yellow and their black stripe is not so wide.
 
from BBC website
 
It's a cheery song that sounds as if things are going well.  Listen on the birdsong link under 'helpful links'.

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