Early birds

Long-tailed Tit - by Flickr user ahisgettLast week, a Firle resident reported Long-tailed Tits busy nest-building outside their house. It seems that the particularly warm February we’ve had has tempted quite a few early nesters – the RSPB has urged gardeners to watch where they trim.

However, for Long-tailed Tits there’s a long-term trend for earlier breeding – in 2004, it was found that they are nesting an average of 15 days earlier than they did in 1968.

And Long-tailed Tits have to start early – apparently they can use up to 2,000 feathers to make each domed nest (which is quite a work of craftmanship), and the whole process takes about three weeks.

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