The Long-tailed tit

I've recently started to notice 6 or more Long-tailed tits around my garden feeders.  They are a beautiful small bird, that looks like a little ball of fluff.  

Latin name (Aegithalos caudatus)

The Long-tailed tit is a small bird with pink, black and white plumage and a long black tail with white outer feathers.  It is called the 'Long-tailed' tit because its tail is longer than its body.

They are a common bird throughout the UK, and can be found within hedgerows, deciduous woodland and gardens, and will only move a short distance when nesting - especially during winter seasons when families join roaming flocks.

Their nest is dome-shaped, made of moss woven in with spiderwebs lined with large amounts of small, soft feathers. The nest is built by both the male and female bird in a bush, hedge or tree.

They feed predominately on insects and insect larvae, and are very fond of berries.  They will take bird food from our garden bird feeders, especially if they are filled with peanuts or peanut granules. (Chirpy offer a premium whole peanut and blanched peanut granules, ideal for your garden feeders)

The Long-tailed tit seems to be doing well in terms of population and its numbers have increase, perhaps as they've made constructive use of our gardens and also the much milder winters we have recently experienced.  

Listen out for their trilling song which is a high-pitched twittering sound like "tsee-tsee-tsee" its what usually gets them noticed.  If you are fortunate to see them in your garden they tend to cling to bird feeders often in pairs or threes and fours at a time.