Birds that visit our gardens and school grounds

Each week we will be featuring a bird that frequently visits our school grounds and gardens. This week our chosen bird is The Blue Tit.

Blue tits are found all year round in the United Kingdom and most of Europe, Africa and Asia. Blue Tits have yellow under-parts with blue wings, a blue tail and a blue cap. Adults have white cheeks, but those of the juveniles are yellow. The juvenile Blue Tit is duller than the adult and has a greener crown, wings and tail, and yellow cheek.
A Blue Tit nest is cup-shaped and made of moss and grass and lined with hair, feathers and wool, positioned in a hole in a tree or wall. The female lays 7-13 eggs in April-May, which she incubates for 12-16 days. The female Blue Tit lays her eggs when there are plenty of moth caterpillars about for her chicks to eat. The male feeds the female while she is sat on the nest, and when the chicks hatch, both parents feed them. The chicks fledge after 19 days.

Blue Tit facts

Distribution: Europe (including the UK), Asia and North West Africa.

Habitat: Deciduous and mixed woodland, gardens, parks and hedgerow.

Description: Both the male and female have blue upper and yellow lower coloured bodies.

Size: Length: 11.5cm. Wingspan: 17.5 - 20 cm. Weight: 8 - 10 grams.

Life-span: Usually live for up to 3 years.

Food: Small insects, spiders, fruits, seeds and nectar.

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Photographs: Blue Tit (Top Right)  Blue Tit nest and eggs (Bottom Left)