30 Days Wild 2020 – Day One.


TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_01 Day 1: Who would have thought that during a raging pandemic, the likes the world hasn’t seen in a hundred years, that nature would be taking centre stage. With many people restricted to their homes, and less traffic on the roads the air has smelt cleaner, the stars easier to see. The change in seasons from winter into spring has unfolded before our very eyes.

Step into June and The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild, the annual celebration of all things wild-life! This year, as in previous years I shall endeavour to blog every day. Continuing the theme from the past two years, Monday’s shall be called: Close Up Monday’s, where I throw a spotlight on a given species and delve a little deeper.

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Great Tit

To start off 2020’s 30 Days Wild the first Close Up Monday will be all about the largest member of the tit family, the great tit. My interest in focusing on this bird was piqued when I recently saw someone post a picture of a great tit with a dead mouse on social media. I always thought they were seed and insect eaters but apparently they have been known to murder other birds, pied flycatchers in particular! I don’t know why I found this information startling as I’ve had murderous finches in my own aviary, so it happening in nature shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. 

So without further ado let’s get to know the great tit a bit better.

The great tit (Parus major) came seventh in the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2020. This woodland bird, larger than a blue tit is increasingly becoming more common in urban settings, enjoying garden feeding stations and bullying smaller birds. Some studies have shown that UK great tits have evolved longer beaks than their European neighbours, a reason for this could be an adaption to accessing bird feeders.

Great tit’s can be seen all year round in the UK but I usually see them in my Liverpool yarden around May-June during the breeding period and during winter months too. They enjoy a range of seeds and insects. This spring I watched with amusement as a great tit fluttered about the ivy hunting out spiders. European great tits have been recorded to attack and eat hibernating bats. Recently some studies from the Netherlands have voiced concerns over climate change creating territorial conflict between great tits and migrating pied flycatchers, with great tit’s looking to have the upper hand.

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Great Tit coming into land!

Great tit’s are recognised by their ‘teacher teacher’ call and have a lifespan of three years. They build their nests in tree holes or nest boxes, and can have up to nine eggs a brood. Their conservation status is green with an estimated two million birds in the UK. In 2012 I had the enjoyment of great tit parents bringing their two chicks to our yarden.

Do you have great tit’s visiting your garden? What is your favourite member of the tit family? Mine are the long-tailed tits, or titmice, they are just balls of fluff!

Thanks for reading, and stay wild!

Christine x


Further reading:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/great-tit/

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/birds/tits-crests-and-warblers/great-tit

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/animals/birds/great-tit/

A brain-eating species called the great tit is threatening other birds — thanks to climate change

https://www.sciencealert.com/climate-breakdown-has-turned-this-adorable-birb-into-a-violent-killer

8 thoughts on “30 Days Wild 2020 – Day One.

  1. We moved into the new house less than a fortnight ago, just in time to catch the great tits in the nesting box on the side of the house, they have now fledged. I can’t wait to find out what wildlife we have here. Loved this post of yours.

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  2. Lovely to see you joining in again. I’ll look forward to your posts each day. I managed a post yesterday so will try to keep it up, but I’m already behind today so hoping to catch up with two posts tomorrow!

    You asked after my health in a recent comment re the hospital appointments – this is also the reason I’ve been a bit rubbish at keeping up with blog posts and comments and well, everything lately! I’m absolutely fine, there’s nothing wrong with me but I have been keeping a secret (will mention it on the blog sometime soon!) as I’m actually pregnant! Not planned but I’ve got used to the idea now. I’ve had it pretty easy so far and being off work has been brilliant and I’m sure helped (think I’d be feeling a bit rubbish if I was working full time!) but I do get tired easily and my brain isn’t able to focus on things as it normally is (I’ve learned that baby brain isn’t something made up by pregnant women, as I always though, haha!).

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    • Hi Louise. I’ll look forward to reading your posts too. What wonderful news you have. I can imagine the surprise. You’ll make a great mum with all your knowledge to pass down. Congratulations xx

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