Cromwell Bottom was designated a Local Nature Reserve on June 30th 2003
You are able to get lovely shots there
Great how the Long-taied Tits hang by one foot while they hold food with the other to peck at. Only just noticed that this year from various peoples' photographs.Just remembered an old name for them, "Bumbarrels", which John Clare the 18thC farmer-poet used. Refers to their barrel-shaped nest apparently.
Lovely photos Allan. Thank you for sharing them.... Rosemary
Thanks everyone. I love watching and photographing Long tailed tits. They have such gentle features and subtle colouration. I read somethere that if it wasn't for the length of their tail they would be our smallest bird. Can any of you confirm that?
Simple stats should suffice.Goldcrest - 8-9cm long (inc tail) 14-15cm wingspan & weighs in at 5-7gms.L.T.Tit - 15cm long (8-9cm tail) 17-19cm wingspan & weighs in at 7-9gms.Weight & wingspans should be the giveaway - Goldcrest is deffinately smaller, & then there are Firecrests too. A couple of grams in small bird world & it's quite a % hike in size.But I do agree they are good photo subjects & very watchable.
Thanks for digging the stats out Barry. I wouldn't have been able to guess.
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