Monday Bird of the Week No.51 – Coal Tit

A couple of months back I featured a series of Bird of the Week posts dedicated to our most common birds. Missing off that list was today’s featured species, the Coal Tit.

It’s easy to miss Coal Tits. They are not as bright and showy as Blue and Great Tits, as cute as Long-tailed Tits, or as noteworthy in terms of scarcity as Crested, Marsh and Willow Tits. So they get on with business, a little grey, often a little scruffy, and perhaps overlooked.

Coal Tit and Greenfinch share a feeder

But personally I’ve always liked them. They possess a perky character despite the fact they are frequently bottom of the pecking order and bullied off feeders by everything else.

They have mastered the art of the swift ‘grab ‘n’ go’ style of feeding as a result, and again this may add to the ease with which they are overlooked. They don’t hang around posing. Grab a seed, disappear into the hedge.

They of course took a hit in the Big Garden Birdwatch for 2016 with a 14% decline, so I hope as you read this they are doing well.

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