Feb 152017
 
Some eye candy and a polar brute

After yesterday’s fiasco I had to do penance to both the environment and my body and hope to regain some credit with the Bird Gods. As I had a lunchtime appointment in town with some nice cheese (courtesy of Egil Ween, one of Norway’s top birders, Værøy regular and importer of exclusive foods) it was […]

Feb 092017
 
The long-tailed tit – successful, adaptable, sociable, and oh so cute

A brief, high-pitched “see-see-see” sound, followed by the appearance of half-a-dozen tiny balls of fluff, each attached to what looks like a protruding stick. Then, more calls, as these flying lollipops flit from one tree to the next, pause, grab an invisible insect, and then move rapidly on. Encountering a flock of long-tailed tits on […]

Apr 262014
 
Warmer springs boost long-tailed tit survival

Warm spring weather boosts long-tailed tits’ chances of surviving the winter, scientists have said. The UK’s population of these little birds has more than doubled in the last forty years. A 19-year study by researchers in Sheffield links rising spring temperatures to their improved survival. Biologists suggest the birds are rare “winners” when it comes […]

Apr 092014
 
Black Forest Birds – Long-tailed Tit

The Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) is a bit different to other true tits, a bit like the Bearded Tit or Bearded Reedling as it’s now officially called. These tiny birds can be seen from Portugal to Siberia in a variety of forms. I’ve often looked and listened for the bird in North Africa but as […]

May 182013
 
Breeding Time!

Summer breeders have mostly all arrived at the mountain pond on Mt Unzen, and the resident species are also busy nesting. The main draw-cards of Narcissus Flycatcher, Blue-and-white Flycatcher and Japanese Thrush are all there now. Meanwhile, down at Oe reclaimed land area dozens of Oriental Reed Warbler are busy establishing territories while Pacific Swift […]

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus

 
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus

The Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus, is a very small passerine bird. It breeds in most of Europe and Asia. It is usually a non-migratory species, although migration has been observed in north-eastern Europe. Its family, Aegithalidae, is related to the true tits, and in the winter it is often found with tit flocks. Factsheet: Long-tailed […]