Yes that’s true, cute as they may be these birds are not as innocent as they may seem. If you used to get your daily pinta delivered on your doorstep in a milk bottle (maybe still do), you will probably be familiar with the pecked holes in the foil top.
You open your door looking forward to a bit of nice fresh cream in your coffee and it seems something has been there before you. Of course you have no chance of spotting the culprit, because he will off like a ‘flash’ as soon as he hears you coming. Probably be watching you from a safe distance content in the knowledge he has had your breakfast before you have. That likely culprit is the Blue Tit, although the Robin also did it to a small degree the Tit was far more adept at it.
Although slightly irritating, it shows just how clever these little birds can be. This is learned behaviour that they have managed to communicate between themselves over a period of time. During the second world war milk deliveries in England stopped but as soon as they started again the birds were straight back at it. The Tits don’t live that long so somehow this knowledge has been ingrained in their offspring, very interesting.
From an artistic point of view these are a wonderful bird, with their colourful feathers and their acrobatic antics on the garden feeder they are delightful to observe and re create. They will build their nest in the usual places of holes in trees, walls and banks, but like the Robin also favour more unusual spots. Whilst in the garage or shed you may be lucky to spot one in an old flower pot on a shelf or tucked into a watering can in a quite corner. They lay quite a lot of eggs 8 -12 which are white with reddish brown speckles.
It was a joy to make this little bird and I enjoyed using the subtle blues, yellow, and green paper to create his beautiful plumage. He may not be happy that I could only fit one little egg in this picture!
I decided a nice colourful yellow frame on this one would set the colours off perfectly, hope you like it and the lovely photographs by Dave of course.
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