Friday, 14 September 2007

Coal Tit photos

Early this evening I was out with my camera to take photos of my garden flowers for Garden Bloom Day tomorrow. Rain is expected over the weekend. I was outside for a few spells and our visiting garden birds could clearly wait no longer to come to the feeders.








The Coal Tit I have always thought of as a timid bird and I have tried for sometime to get photos of it. Finally tonight I caught it on camera and I am delighted to be able to share the photos above. I am sure you will agree that this is such a pretty little bird! We are very lucky to have it visiting our garden.

The photos above were taken in my garden on September14th 2007.

7 comments:

Jan said...

Lovely photos of a super little bird. I just realised I've not seen either of my two coal tits for ages now, wonder what happened to them. I had a little pair, one with neat little feathers, and one who was very scruffy. The scruff was fairly tame and would come quite close when I was putting seeds out on the bird table, and also not freak out if he saw me move inside the kitchen when he was on the windowsill feeder.

Anonymous said...

Love the photos. N

shirl said...

Hi there Jan and Hello N - thanks for your comments :-)

Jan - Thanks, I was thrilled to finally catch this bird on film! I am now curious about pairs. Are they like Blue Tits where it is difficult to tell them apart? Tonight I was very surprised to see the Coal Tit hang around a little. I hope it gets as tame as yours ;-)

N - I'm glad you liked my photos I have waited a long time to get them! I have enjoyed catching all my visting garden birds both on film and video :-)

Sarah O. said...

When I first saw your picture, I mistook the coal tit for our North American black capped chickadees. The wikipedia articles on both show they are from the same family, but different genus, athough, "Periparus seems to be closer to the Poecile chickadees than to other titmice (Gill et al., 2005)." here.

Chickadees are my favourite bird feeder visitor, and, in contrast to coal tits, they are quite precocious. They will land on your hand to take sunflower seeds from you, and are slow to spook. It's nice to know they have a counterpart/cousin across the Pond!

(and P.S: my cat (profile pic) is an indoor cat. She never gets near the birds :)

shirl said...

Hello, Sarah

Thanks for the info - how very interesting. It is always nice to hear of other gardens that have bird feeders and who the visitors are. Black Capped Chickadees in a Nova Scotia garden and Coal Tit's in Scottish garden looking alike - I would never have guessed :-)

Thanks too for adding the links on your comment - they are very helpful. I haven't worked out to do that successfully - I wonder if you would email me to tell me how you did it? :-)

BTW - Your indoor cat does it watch the feeders?

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I was thinking, like Sarah, that your coal tit looks like the black capped chickadee, I had them in Alabama, and was thrilled to see one the other day at a nature center.

shirl said...

Hi there, Robin

Yes, I can see the likeness myself. It is really going to be very interesting to see how many more birds we have in our gardens that are similar with different names. We also could have other birds sharing the same name like the robin which look so different!