The Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos Caudatus, is one of the most endearing of British birds. It is a tiny ball of fluff with a long tail and the tiniest of bills. Its range extends well beyond our shores through Europe and beyond. In Japan, it is represented by the A.c. japonicus race. Here in Britain, we have the A.c. rosaceus form.

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They are usually seen as a small, noisy flock or family group that passes quickly through feeding acrobatically like the true tits as they go.

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My normal experience of them is brief as they are always moving and they have always resisted my attempts to portray them by means of millions of tiny dots. Last week however, one individual sat still just long enough for me to get a couple of shots.

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There were two birds in Mote Park, near my home in Maidstone, Kent and this one looked as if it was collecting spiders’ webs and tiny pieces of moss and lichen.

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The second bird was potentially a mate and was helping to collect nesting material on this first mild, clear day of the year. They flew back into some low brambles together and I wondered if this might be the chosen site for their nest.

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Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.