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Long Tailed Tits sketchbook page Hannah Longmuir

We currently have a large group of Long Tailed Tits who come to the feeders every day to feast on the fat balls.  They pop to and from the tree to the side of the feeders – some feed, some keep a noisy chattering watch from the tree.  The best view of them is from the bedroom window.  You can see their sweet fluffy bodies and silly long tails.  I call them Teaspoon Birds because their tails are like long teaspoon handles.  Maybe more like Knicker-bocker-glory Spoon Birds.  I’ve been watching them a lot over the last few days.  Inside, looking out, obeying the government’s instructions to Stay At Home.  One thing about the Long Tailed Tits has really struck me: they are really very terrible at social distancing.  A Long Tailed Tit would be absolutely lost if it was told to self isolate.  These gregarious little birds couldn’t maintain the appropriate 2 meter gap if they tried.  They are social to their core.

Long Tailed Tits travel about the countryside in groups of 20 or so.  That includes parent birds, offspring, and helper birds.  The way they are constantly in contact makes them a complete delight to watch.  I love that they are coming into our garden to provide us with a little bit of socialising in this very strange time.

Sending lots of love to anyone who is social to their core like a Long Tailed Tit and struggling with the new reality we are facing at the moment.

Take care! Hx

Long Tailed Tit by Hannah Longmuir

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