Torbreck Coal Tit comes unstuck

October 17th 2020

Torbreck Coal Tit comes unstuck

Michael Rochester recently sent us this happy ending story which we’ll share with you just for fun.

“We have a large population of Coal Tits among the broader population of other local small birds, tiny, cheeky, courageous, combative, opportunist little things that are always first to the food and think nothing of seeing off bigger birds with their sheer energy and audacity. They seem to have a sense of entitlement that says “Excuse me large male Chaffinch, you seem to be between me and my food …shift !”.

I made a couple of 8 foot long peanut and Sunflower seed feeders from rainwater down-pipe, sufficient to last at least two months should we be away on a trip. There’s a constant to-and fro of traffic to them and plenty of argy-bargy because the birds don’t seem to have grasped the concept of queuing. It’s really good fun watching them all competing to seize the perch and get to the seed ahead of the competition.

Of course a Coal Tit, being tiny, can reach deeper into the feeder than other birds… but one over-did it today and got stuck and I had to go and pry him out. He wasn’t especially grateful!”

One very well fed and fortunate Torbreck Coal Tit we’d say!

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