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This blog will contain pictures and information from my everyday encounters with nature in London and the surrounding areas. I will log details of the origin of each photograph thus recording what there is to be seen and where it was seen. I very much welcome anyone else who can upload photos and information about nature in London and the home counties. I work freelance in the film industry so have plenty of days off. I hope to update Monday to Friday and once on the weekend posting at around 19.30, I don't post on bank holidays

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Birds - Great Tit

Great Tit calling. Perched on a London Plane. Herne Hill
I thought I would blog my first bird and the Great Tit was the first one I saw as I left my flat this morning. I was alerted as they have distinctive loud calls that to me sound a bit like the famous soundtrack; Norman Bates Killing in Psycho (That may just be my odd description). Great Tits are famed for having a large variety of calls around 50, so don't be too surprised if you don't experience my Hitchcock reference.  A lot of their calls, you can listen to by clicking on the RSPB link to the left of this page.
         Great Tits are the hard men of the Tit family, they can be very aggressive and territorial especially when feeding. They have occasionally been known to kill other birds. One was recorded killing a goldcrest and carrying it off in its feet like a hawk. This is unusual behavior, they do not normally commit extreme violence. The nest in holes often unusual ones like letter boxes or drain pipes. They predominantly feed on insects, fruits and nuts Females may lay between 5-12 eggs.

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