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Old Saturday 15th March 2003, 18:33   #1
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long tailed tit explosion

Am I imagining this but, over the past two or three years, has the population of long-tailed tits grown exponentially? Once upon a time, a glimpse of this pink gem was relatively unusual. Nowadays, I see and hear them everywhere and they've become consistent visitors to the garden at the expense (though not literally I suspect) of the little coal tit.

Just another (albeit welcome) effect of global warming and our mild winters???

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Old Saturday 15th March 2003, 18:36   #2
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they are fast becoming most coomon small bird at my bird table......peanuts seeds biscuits but they are always brilliant to see
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Old Saturday 15th March 2003, 18:42   #3
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I have to agree, they a regular visitors to feeders around here.
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Old Sunday 16th March 2003, 15:53   #4
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I've yet to see one at my feeders but work mates have them regularly. Certainly seeing a lot more in the countryside.
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Old Sunday 16th March 2003, 15:55   #5
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We only occasionally get them in the garden, but as you say, they seem to be a lot more common in the countryside than they used to be.
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Old Sunday 16th March 2003, 16:29   #6
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I'd never seen one until last year but see them all the time now, I assumed I was looking harder these days.
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Old Sunday 16th March 2003, 20:05   #7
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also i think because of easier food found in gardens round here...they are nesting in the area...before they went off to woodland to breed..but have seen nest building in ivy covered stumps and that kind of stuff
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Old Saturday 12th April 2003, 14:30   #8
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They seem to be increasing in Lancashire.
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Old Saturday 12th April 2003, 18:47   #9
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I'd never seen one in my life until recently, and I was brought up in rural Aberdeenshire and was always keen on nature.
(long long time ago.....).
It could be because I'm further south in Edinburgh though.

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Old Sunday 13th April 2003, 20:15   #10
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They are very numerous in the south Manchester/north Cheshire area, mush more so than a few years ago.

The long-tailed tit population has always swung up and down according to the severity of the winter. A really hard winter can almost wipe them out. However we've had a succession of mild winters and that's the reason for the present high numbers.

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Old Thursday 17th April 2003, 19:27   #11
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Long-tailed Tits

Although we have always had Long-tailed Tits in the neigbourhood in the last month a pair have started to visit the peanut feeder. They appear like clockwork in late afternoon.
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Old Thursday 17th April 2003, 19:40   #12
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I've certainly seen a few recently, and they're a great sight.
 
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