Bird's Eye View of Bute

The Coal Tit

(1) Coal Tit
(1) Coal Tit
(2) Coal Tit
(2) Coal Tit
(3) Coal Tits
(3) Coal Tits
(4) Coal Tits
(4) Coal Tits
(5) Coal Tit
(5) Coal Tit
(6) Coal Tit
(6) Coal Tit

 

 

A Bird’s Eye View of Bute.
This article today is my hundredth on Birds. Who would have thought that I would have reached this amount? Certainly, not me.

It all started on 2001, and a lot of wind has passed over their wings since then. I have enjoyed filming and writing about them, and I also hope that you have enjoyed reading them.
Island Life started on the same year but at the back-end of it, so it has a bit to catch up, with Seventy Six being its total at the moment.


Now for today’s Bird.
The Coal Tit


It is a strange name for a bird, especially for a tit. Most of that family have names that describe them, like A Blue Tit which has a lot of blue on it, a Great Tit, which is the biggest of them, a Bearded Tit which needs a shave, and so on with others named from where that come from, like Siberian Tit, and other where they dwell, like March Tit, Willow Tit, etc.
But “Coal”. It is only black on its head, and does not live under ground, so why that name?


That entirely aside, it is a lovely wee bird that fair enjoys the nuts in your feeders and loves your fat balls, and eats non-stop when attending them, but their table manners are no better than any other birds. You will have noticed that Seagulls will attack each other for a piece of the cake as it is the survival of the fittest, well, all birds are the same, who comes first gets the best slice. I mentioned before about the male peacock stealing food from its brood at Woodend, but that was only the male, the female did no such thing, she would wait until her family was fed first, but that was only in the short term, she then, at a later date was first in the queue as her family by that time were self-sufficient.


Feeding time can also have other problems with Sparrow Hawks looking for their supper, so it is one eye on what you are trying to eat, and be on the lookout for ones that want you for theirs. I noticed that many of the birds that frequent the nut feeders take as much as they can hold in their mouth, and then it is a quick move to get undercover to eat it. Sparrows seem to like the peanuts, but, as they grasp one, and, they can’t hold on to it on a branch at the same time, they alight on the ground, and then devour it at breakneck speed
Identification, well, as I have said their head and throat is black, just like the Great Tit, and at first glance you may think that it is, but on closer inspection you will notice that it has a white panel on the back of its head (nape). Their breast, a light colour is devoid of black like the Great Tit.

 


Norrie Mulholland
First Published in the Buteman 31-08-2012

 


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