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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2009 at 15:03    Image of day on 17 May 2009

The tale of the Long-tailed tit (sorry).
Long-tailed tits have been rare sightings until this year when one bird has spent hours each day fluttering at the windows. Presumably he is defending his territory from his own reflection.

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Image Taken on 23 Oct 2013 at 16:32    Image of day on 17 Dec 2013

A Long-Tailed Tit making it's twittering call before following it's companions - a group of about 7.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2016 at 13:01    Image of day on 28 Jun 2016

This long-tailed Tit has a contented 'wash and brush up'

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Image Taken on 18 May 2016 at 13:02    Image of day on 28 Jun 2016

'Wash and brush up' complete, the pristine bird sits quietly on the perch

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Image Taken on 18 May 2016 at 12:18    Image of day on 27 Jun 2016

This Long-tailed Tit looking at the hazy creatures on the other side of the window. It is perched on some dead Ivy that had started to invade the gutters and other items in a mini-extension that used to be a garage.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2016 at 10:10    Image of day on 27 Jun 2016

We noticed that this Long-tailed Tit kept flinching and we finally realised that it flinched each time it was struck by a raindrop in the what seemed to us no more than drizzle.

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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2019 at 16:21    Image of day on 04 May 2019

On successive days this pair of Long-tailed Tits quite often perch together on this twig pushed into the hedge outside the living room window.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2019 at 11:48    Image of day on 04 May 2019

Aren't Long-tailed Tit absolutely gorgeous.
Here a single shot of a pair on a little stick poked into the hedge outside the living room, with the gap between them a little reduced in the photo editor.

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Image Taken on 20 May 2016 at 12:43    Image of day on 30 Jun 2016

Long-tailed Tits are one of our favourite birds. Here a little 'wash and brush up' outside the living room window.

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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2012 at 09:42    Image of day on 23 Apr 2012

Long-tailed tits are very nervous birds and its a challenge to photograph them when we are 'out and about', as here.

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Image Taken on 28 Mar 2013 at 12:42    Image of day on 05 May 2013

Long-tailed tits are appearing at all the peanut feeders and generally around the site in larger numbers than previous years.

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Image Taken on 27 Mar 2008 at 10:10    Image of day on 14 Apr 2008

Looks like we might be lucky enough to have long-tail Tits not only beautifying our patch, but breeding as well.

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Image Taken on 06 May 2011 at 11:24    Image of day on 08 Jun 2011

The Long-tailed tits continue to catch tiny caterpillars and 'show them to us' outside the living room window. This one looks like it has just spotted the camera. We have no idea where the nest is.

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Image Taken on 03 May 2011 at 08:19    Image of day on 02 Jun 2011

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Image Taken on 23 Mar 2014 at 12:18    Image of day on 20 May 2014

From inside the conservatory we grabbed this image of a Long-tail Tit gathering building material for the nest. It had trouble controlling its flight with such a large aerodynamic disturbance.

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Image Taken on 03 Feb 2019 at 15:33    Image of day on 06 Mar 2019

Spotting some Long-tail Tits on the peanut feeder outside the Window, all stop for a bit of bird watching of these lovely little birds flitting between a bramble infested Buddleia and this feeder. Here are 8 of these birds crammed into the squirrel proof cage.

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Image Taken on 01 Feb 2018 at 09:10    Image of day on 06 Mar 2018

Outside the 'study' window we were charmed to catch 5 Long-tailed Tits all crammed into this one caged peanut feeder. Beautiful and subtle birds.

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Image Taken on 28 Nov 2009 at 13:20    Image of day on 28 Dec 2009

One visited the tree stump some 70m away for a decent portrait.

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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2008 at 16:04    Image of day on 23 Apr 2008

Many trees have matured enough to start producing seed in the last couple of years, and the seed eaters are becoming regular visitors.

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Image Taken on 24 Nov 2009 at 15:55    Image of day on 28 Dec 2009

In just a few years Marsh tits have moved from seeing occasional individual to regulars - and in this case 2 at once in the same frame.

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