May 232017
 
Rosefinch in apple blossom

Well tomorrow (today) didn’t bring too much for me or anyone else locally. I started early at Huk to see if there was anything on the sea which there wasn’t and then against my better judgement went to look for the King Eider which of course I couldn’t find. After that it was Maridalen where […]

Apr 012015
 
Why we should learn birdsong alongside French and German?

I arrived home the other evening at dusk after a long journey, and stepped out of the car to hear a shouting match between blackbirds, one of the most beautiful sounds in nature. In the still calm of a clear March evening three males were fiercely staking their suburban territories, belting out sweet and flutey […]

Jun 182014
 
Great tits' 'black ties' smaller in the city

Urban great tits have smaller black breast stripes than their rural neighbours, a study has found. Scientists discovered significant differences between birds living in Barcelona, Spain and a nearby forest. Smaller “black ties” appeared to improve male great tits’ survival rates in the city, while in the countryside birds with larger ties fared best. “The […]

Dec 082013
 
Bird alarm: Great tits use 'predator-specific' calls

Great tits use different alarm calls for different predators, according to a scientist in Japan. The researcher analysed the birds’ calls and found they made “jar” sounds for snakes and “chicka” sounds for crows and martens. This, he says, is the first demonstration birds can communicate vocally about the type of predator threatening them. The […]

Great Tit Parus major

 
Great Tit Parus major

The Great Tit (Parus major) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe and Asia in any sort of woodland. It is resident, and most Great Tits do not migrate. Factsheet: Great Tit Parus major (LC)