Before I start this post let me just explain the significance of the yellow cheeks to everybody who doesn’t know or have the Eurasian Blue Tit locally (most of the world really)
In the UK the Blue Tit is a common garden bird. Very neat and tidy it is a pretty little thing much loved for it’s acrobatics on the bird feeder.
It looks like this.
This is an adult blue tit.
Blue Tits have a large brood, it can be as many as fifteen but eight to ten is more common. They take a lot of feeding, each little bird needs about a hundred caterpillars a day, so the parents are kept very busy. They have to find all that food on top of looking after themselves. A wet Spring can be devastating for Blue Tits, they only have one brood and if it rains at the wrong time they can’t find enough insect food and the chicks die.
We have had a very wet Spring this year and so I have been watching the feeder for a couple of weeks now looking out for those little yellow cheeks.
Fed up with fetching home an extra thousand caterpillars a day the parent birds are very keen to bring their young to the feeder and teach them how to get their own dinner.
There are no more free lunches.
What are we supposed to do? Did you follow any of that?