Hello, In my garden, I have a 5m tall conifer tree. As of recently (within the past month), the blue-tits and dunnocks that visit my garden keep flying up to the conifer and going inside for a couple minutes, only to exit and fly away afterwards. I am not familiar with certain behaviours birds show, but I am wondering why they are doing this. Why would this occur? This only really happens at midday and dusk. Any answers would be much appreciated. Thanks
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In reply to James:
James G said:Not all insects die off in winter
A good point from Jim.
Here, various tits are still working the plane tree, even if we're in minus temparatures.
Not sure about at midday though. Perhaps it's just a local thing, but our birds tend to take a lunch break around 12.
In reply to ellis187:
ellis187 said:The birds around here tend to have their lunch break a little earlier at around 10:30-11:00 ish
Wow. They must start work early to get away with a 10:30 lunch break.
To go back to Seymoreraves' (very valid) point, keep an eye out for what else is around at the time. And on what other birds are doing.
"Our" local crows hate every single raptor that ever lived. When they get shouty, someone is about. Someone who will invariably then be pursued from the territory.
It's a strategy not without risk. Last year a friend saw a Red Kite kill a Crow that had got to close: one wingbeat, and the poor bird dropped like a stone.
Oh. If it's a young Goshawk, the crows will be very noisy, but will never take off. And if they follow a bird at a respectful distance, it will be a Golden Eagle.
Hope you don't give your birds another break in the afternoon too. "Give them an inch", you know?
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