The Crested Tit

16th March 2014


In some prime Caledonian Pine "real estate" both David and Margaret have created a feeding station, which attracts a host of birds.



The Crested Tit is not as colourful as members of the same group, Great Tits, Blue its etc, being a drab brown in body colour, but it does have the crest and great black and white barred markings on it's head.



Dozens and dozens of Coal Tits flit in out of the forest clearing. Greater Spotted Woodpecker although not as bold as those at David's woodland hide, do come in and out of the site.



The resident Sparrowhawk can clear the lot in seconds with a brief flypast - trees and branches that one minute held dozens of woodland birds can empty in a split second.



Chaffinch in good numbers come in to feed, along with Siskin, Great Tits and Blue Tits.

But the "star" of the show for anyone who lives a mile or more further south from Aviemore is the Crested Tit.



It announces it's presence with it's distinctive call and then it will make an appearance, climbing the trunks of the caledonian pines and moving from branch to branch.

It is not uncommon to have a number of Cresties coming into feed.



Bold birds when feeding they see off the many Coal Tits to gain their share of food, pushing their way to the front of the "queue" for feeding.



David's site makes no use of "setups" the Caledonian pine trees with their bare and gnarled branches are all that are needed to provide "artistic" perches and the forest background can provide mutli-coloured backgrounds using the natural greens and hues of the light in the forest.

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