Birds of the Parus family are among my favourites of those which feed in the garden. In the British Isles they are called the Titmouse. And in North America the Chickadee. With the cold weather it was important for them to keep well fed, as with all the other birds in the garden. The suet coconut halves were a good alternative to my homemade peanutcake. The 3 Robins try and rule the roost over these valuable energy sources, as do 2 members of the Great Tit, Parus major, the largest member of the Titmouse family. These too are very territorial birds and it is not easy for the little ones to get hold of that which is in the feet of birds like the Great Tit, or Robin.
This Blue Tit approached very carefully before she dared jumping onto the suet where the Great Tit was eating. Her mate followed her every move. Probably waiting for a chance to get an entry into the Great Tit's domain too.
2 Blue Tits, Parus caeruleus.
1 Great Tit, Parus makor. (on the left)
Another big favourite in my garden are suet pellets. These provide the birds with instant and manageable energy in a small form. It is the Robin's favourite for years already and the Blue and Coal Tits starting feeding on them last year sometime. You'd assume that they eat a small piece at the time, don't you? not so; These two pictures show that they feed on them from the inside out! Very smart.
Some more Blue Tit pictures.
In Ireland the Coal Tit, Parus ater( hibernica) , is a recognised sub specie with yello-ish cheeks among its features.. This one however is not willing to show any of these today.
Coal Tit, Parus ater.
It is more interested in finding something to eat!
Song Thrush, Turdus philomelos
female Blackbird, Turdus merula
Jackdaw, Corvus monedula
Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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