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Tuesday
Nov232004

Long-Tailed Tits

A week or two ago Zoe and I were in her bedroom when she pointed out a flock of small birds flitting about in the chestnut trees in front of our flats.  I immediately recognised them as long-tailed tits (Aegithalos caudatus). We leant against the window-sill and watched them as they 'leap-frogged' each other round the trees, presumably looking for things to eat.  Just when you think you have seen them all, a straggler swoops in from another tree. Flocks of long-tailed tits remind me of loose clusters of stars like the Hyades where most of the members are travelling as a concentrated ball of stars, but there is also a loose association of outliers that are travelling in the same direction.

Reader Comments (1)

I'm glad you put the latin name, cos my bird book is all in Italian. The long-tailed tit goes by the name of Codibugnolo, and the book gives two varieties, a northern one and southern one. I haven't seen any here, but we had some very cheeky Great tits (I think; Italian Cincia allegra, Latin Parus major) who enjoyed eating peanuts from our kitchen window sill last year when it was all snowy on the ground. In fact if I didn't put the goodies out when I went down to breakfast, they would do a dance in front of the window to remind me. I think they've just come back. Where have they been all summer? Is it possible they are the same birds as last year?
November 26 | Unregistered CommenterThomasin

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