Birds to look for in February — Blue Tit


Blue Tit
Photo credit: Paul Green

Where to look

They are mainly woodland birds but have spread out to live in many other places, including gardens.

Description

Blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) belong to a group of small birds called tits. There are six members of the group, which have plain or colourful feathers, stout legs and strong feet and short, triangular bills. Some species even have crests! Blue tit numbers have been increasing in the UK, possibly helped by people putting up nest boxes and feeding them. Males and females look quite similar except males’ colours are brighter. The way of telling them apart from other tits is through their colouring. They are the only British tit to have blue feathers. Their scientific name comes from the from the Greek word, ‘kuanos’ meaning dark blue. They eat insects, caterpillars, seeds and nuts.

Tweet of the Day
To hear the blue tit’s song follow the link to the BBC’s Tweet of the Day
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b03mzv81


Where we've found Blue Tits


Blue Tit spottings journal (8 seen)

Last seen Location Spotted by Group Notes
12 May 2020 My garden Mrs Dalgleish-Smith Ireland Class Mrs Dalgleish-Smith spotted a blue tit as it landed on her office window
7 Apr 2020 Garden Jo The Weaver's
31 Mar 2020 New Polzeath Gavin Blended Spotted on my bird feeder.
27 Mar 2020 garden ELLA The Weaver's
25 Mar 2020 Tamsin B Stroud Valleys Project
12 Mar 2020 Blended
6 Mar 2020 Lower Spillmans Ilse Layfield Leafgatherers
27 Feb 2020 Stroud Valley Community School

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