|Copyright: Charles Neill (charlieneill) (2)|
|Date Taken: 2009-09-26|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-10-03 1:33|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Blue Tits regularly visit the feeder in our garden. Other Tits such as Great Tits and Long Tailed Tits come as well. We have had almost 40 birds in the tree at one time before.|
The Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, is a 10.5 to 12 cm (4.2 to 4.8 inches,) long passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common resident breeder throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and western Asia in deciduous or mixed woodlands. It is a resident bird, i.e., most birds do not migrate.
The Blue Tit is a valuable destroyer of pests, though it has not an entirely clean sheet as a beneficial species. It is fond of young buds of various trees, and may pull them to bits in the hope of finding insects. No species, however, destroys more coccids and aphids, the worst foes of many plants. It takes leaf miner grubs and green tortrix moths (Tortricidae). Seeds are eaten, as with all this family.
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