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07-JAN-2010

This great tit one of the regular visitors to our bird feeders but this week it seems like every bird
in the neighbourhood has made their way to our garden. The great tits, blue tits, sparrows and
robins have been joined by chaffinches, bullfinches, blackbirds and other birds that look like
sparrows but have splashes of yellow on their breasts.
With temperatures plummeting to minus 7C (19F) degrees overnight and the ground frozen
solid, there is little food available for garden birds. I fill one of the feeders with a seed
mix every morning before I go to work and it's nearly empty when I get back home at
lunch time. I'm experimenting with leaving different foods for them. The blackbirds
like chopped apples and I've got some dried fruit that I'm planning to leave out tomorrow.

Nikon D90
1/320s f/5.6 at 300.0mm iso800 full exif

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Bob B.31-Mar-2010 18:56
Always wondered why they called it the "Great Tit". They are such little things!more colorful (colourful!) than our Carolina Chickodees ("ckick-o-dee-dee-dee"). They and their winged partners in crime are eating up my paycheck in seeds this year!
Nora van Beek10-Jan-2010 14:17
Very nice! It has been just as cold here, too. The forecast is for a warming trend that will bring temps back up just above freezing. I can't wait! ~V~
Sheila10-Jan-2010 01:16
Lovely capture!
My mum used to put bacon rind out too as they need a bit of fat to keep warm. Or you can hang suet up.
larose forest photos08-Jan-2010 22:59
Beautiful, beautiful photo of this lovely bird. This recent cold weather in Ireland and Britain is going to be really tough on wildlife. Thank goodness you have a feeder up. V
tinkerb08-Jan-2010 21:53
Well caught spot on focus & DOF - you seem to have got the hang of your telephoto. Its intriguing how they can be so fussy, some feeders in ourgarden get totally ignored and one of the Blue Tits spends most of his time throwing everything but the sunflower seeds on the ground.
Johnny JAG08-Jan-2010 19:43
Nice catch
globalgadabout08-Jan-2010 16:07
grand of you to put out seed...the birds will be glad of it in the extreme weather...here I have sparrows, chickadees, juncos, and the odd, extremely skittish rufous-sided towhee dropping by daily for a snack...V
Máire Uí Mhaicín08-Jan-2010 13:58
They really enjoy the extra food at this time of the year. Lovely image of his anticipated snack.
Keith O'Brien08-Jan-2010 12:54
Nice capture, composition and bokeh. V
Neal Nye08-Jan-2010 12:29
They repay your bounty with great photo opportunities. A wonderful capture of this pretty little creature.
Colin Storey08-Jan-2010 11:37
Great capture of thsi visitor. v
Michal Leszczynski08-Jan-2010 09:49
Beautiful photo, you very well captured pose of this tit. V.
Kevin Chester08-Jan-2010 09:25
Nice work Mairead, hope you don't have any Sparrow Hawks close to your house. Although it would make for a great picture, and carnivours have to eat too.
Ann...08-Jan-2010 08:50
I seem to spend more and more time filling up the feeders! Lovely capture.
Blandine Mangin08-Jan-2010 08:46
very nice ! v
Phillip Normanton08-Jan-2010 08:38
Hungry little blighters :o))
Liz Bickel08-Jan-2010 07:31
Very nice capture of this little fellow.
heather08-Jan-2010 07:29
Beautiful shot! v
Valene08-Jan-2010 06:49
Lovely capture of this little bird. My feeders get emptied every day too, with the
squirrels' help of course. V
Betty Vlasiu08-Jan-2010 06:01
Lovely image! v
slhoornstra08-Jan-2010 04:36
Lovely shot of a beautiful little bird, what a variety you have at your feeder. Mine are all sparrows and a few chickadees mixed in. V
Mary Terry08-Jan-2010 04:12
Nice capture of this cute little guy.
LynnH08-Jan-2010 02:40
Bless you for feeding the birds. They need lots of extra food and water when the weather is cold. They need the extra energy. Beautiful capture of the little creature!
pkocinski08-Jan-2010 00:03
Great capture - now I know where all my birds have gone - to your feeders :-)
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