They have a lot of character!
Male on left, female on right, having dinner together.
On 11th March, waiting to feed on peanuts which I started to put up last winter. I think this is a male, he is usually brighter in spring and a little thinner looking than the female.
At Wallington hall, Northumberland
Having its dinner on the coconut feeder hanging outside my window..
Taken on 13th December 2007. Hanging on an old rotting Oak branch where they will find grubs. Lincoln UK.
The back colouring gives good camouflage.
On 30th January 2008, having a good shake after a bath I think.
On 9th February 2008, checking out their future nest box on my Oak tree. The hole is an inch diameter, but Woodpeckers had chipped some off so the box was replaced.
In deep thought! Later when they nest the tree is leafed out.
They clean up the garden as their young need 100 caterpillars each per day, they only have one brood with up to 10 young, it is important to have trees where moths breed, and organic practises.
The male struck gold!
On 31st May I got poor pics of egg shells being removed from the nest, on 16th June the young were in the Oak tree. On 17th this young was being taught to take food from the end of it's beak.
The by now tatty parent would place a tiny piece of nut at the end of the beak, baby couldn't swallow so he took it back many times, trying to teach it to take food itself.
Parent takes the food back once more, leaving baby begging for food! This went on for approx. 2 minutes! Eventually the baby went onto the feeder with parent and another baby to be fed.
On the nuts with two hungry babies, it was a shame the sun was glaring from the wrong side.
Dad was overseeing two babies at a time, trying to teach them to feed themselves from the peanut silo.
A large 'bird' (small aeroplane) went over.
I took several pics with the parent hanging below like this, now I realise from the actions, this with his foot on the young, that he was trying to show the baby how to take food.
Blue Tit in Northwood, Middlesex, England, September 1965
Blue Tit in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, March 1970