"However, we are delighted that they have returned to their home in the water pump this year and have been busy flying up the spout delivering insect tits
bits to their family then flying out through the gap in the handle."
are among the most studied of birds because as they readily use nest boxes, they are easy to observe.
She said: "Blue tits
are a great species for people to look out for in their gardens and local nature areas.
Milder winters, one result of climate change, increase the survival rates of great tits
, so the number of breeding great tits
is higher in those years, explains Jelmer Samplonius, lead author of the study.
In North Wales, Willow Tits
are in just a handful of places, so I was delighted to find a pair of these black-capped birds in a patch of trees near an extensive clear-fell.
are not as brightly coloured as other tits
, but they are still lovely birds.
are not true members of the tit
family, and are also known as bearded reedlings.
The event held over the last weekend in January revealed an increase in sightings of smaller birds, such as goldfinch, long-tailed tit
and coal tit
that can usually be seen visiting gardens and outside spaces in mixed flocks.
Dr Hayhow said: "Unlike the finches and tits
, robins and blackbirds did not have a good breeding season in 2017."
Members of the public taking part in the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend could also record bumper sightings of other resident British birds such as greenfinches, great tits
and long-tailed tits
None of us could have predicted last year that we were going to get a stoat eating half "the cast" but we got phenomenal footage of it, or filming a blue tit
nest box, which we do every year, and getting this extraordinary story of a blue tit
bringing up great tit
To see how urbanization might influence early development in great tits
(Parus major), biologists at Lund University in Sweden took newly hatched great tits
from the city and the country and mixed them up.