Blue Tits missing from gardens following heatwave (BTO) (2 Viewers)

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Latest update from the BTO: Blue Tits missing from gardens following heatwave


Garden BirdWatch has shown that some of our favourite garden species have been struggling this year, possibly due to the unusually warm spring.


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John Nihon

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I'm a little surprised to read this as Blue Tits appear to be as common as ever in our garden. I hope that we will continue to see the little chaps around here for a long long long long time to come.
 

Kits

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I was surprised too, as we have been inundated with blue tits,more so than usual.
 

jogresh

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The dry Spring was amazing in my neck of the woods - leaves were literally wilting and dying on the trees. When it started to rain in late June, some trees were growing fresh new leaves from buds - bizarre. Bound to have affected invert populations for the worse.
 

StephenHampshire

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I was surprised too, as we have been inundated with blue tits,more so than usual.

I must say we have had very high numbers in the garden over the past three or four days, as well as a great many coal tits. Out and about, there seem to be the normal number of mixed flocks of tits and lbj's at the moment too.
 

Farnboro John

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Blue Tits are set up for boom and bust with capacity for big brood multiple times in a year, so problems early on may not translate to low numbers later.

Additionally this autumn there have been big movements through/out of Scandinavia (surprising numbers on Shetland where they are normally absent, for instance) so currently numbers may be augmented by immigrants.

John
 

The Cumbrian

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The numbers in our garden fell right off following fledging. I was only seeing a single one a day or so. Over the last couple of weeks numbers have crept up. Three a number of times a day is now usual. Coal Tits have been numerous all year.
 

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