Great excitement yesterday for Catlady!

I love seeing the photos and reading all the stories that others post. Like some I have a garden tick list and had 26 different birds that have come to the garden. All over the UK we will all have some of the same species that came to the garden, and depending where we live, we will all have different ones. I love seeing the Long Tail Tits, some of the photos have been fantastic and I so wished that we had them away up here in Caithness, apart from never having seen one in the garden, I had never seen them at all. That was until yesterday!!!!! Mr. CL said to me, there are some of those birdies back at the feeder. We have a big garden but the part where the feeders and baths/drinkers are, are literally 4-5 feet from the kitchen and garage window. When I looked out there was a pair of Great Tits on the peanut feeder, I watched for a few seconds and as I turned something caught my eye. I could see a long tail but nothing else and thought it was the same as I had seen but when it moved I could not believe my eyes. A Long Tail Tit, oh my goodness the excitement, there were more, my iPad was on charge so I grabbed it and took some photos from the garage window but a bit too far away, so out I went and came round to the back thinking they would fly away, but no they just teet, teet, teeted and stayed. There were at least 6 maybe some more, all flitting about the bushes, they were so fast I could not get a decent photo, just as one flew to the top of the bushes and another went onto a feeder, I clicked and they flew!! Not very good photos at all but I had them and was so excited, I think you can tell! Tick list now at 27.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Fabulous CL, I remember you saying not long ago you'd never seen one. Always such a thrill to see something you've wanted to for a long time :o)... Perhaps Linda's ability to "wish" birds into her garden has rubbed off lol
  • In reply to PimperneBloke:

    Hey PB, maybe she sent them up the A9, never thought of that!!

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Brilliant, news.  

    Hopefully now they've found the feeders, they'll become regular visitors.

    In our garden they seem to prefer the suet pellets and fat balls, but they will nibble at the seed feeders as well.


    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • My mum always called them imaginary birds as when we lived in England she never saw them but would occasionally hear them so she was delighted when we moved to Jersey and they came into the garden our first winter here.

    Cin J

  • Great to hear the lollipops found their way to Caithness and your garden - Yay !! they are such delightful little birds with that dinky beak and the constant communication they do. You better get some raw pastry with a bit of mild cheddar cheese in it as ours absolutely adored the raw cheese/suet pastry !! Hope they stay around for you CL and look forward to your updates.


    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Am glad my gift to you arrived safely CL Was a long journey for the wee guys but they are looking in super condition...enjoy your new visitors and feed them well

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • In reply to Linda257:

    Thanks all, and thanks Linda for the gift, it was much appreciated!! Hope they come back again now, I filled up with lots of goodies today, so there is plenty of choice!

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Wonderful CL, I know you have been wanting to see them for quite a while, brilliant - just like winning the lottery!! Well done on the photos and hopefully you will be able to get some more to show us, love that feeder you have hanging there, looks like three coconut shells?

    Lot to learn

  • Hopefully they'll be regular visitors now they've found you. We've lived in our house in Suffolk for 21 years and for the first few years Long Tailed Tits were countryside birds only, but now they are regular visitors to the garden and feeders up 12 or more at a time, even nesting in the garden a few times.

  • That’s lovely for you CL, they are delightful to see. I have six long tails who are regular visitors to my feeders preferring the winter berry suet cake over anything else.