During my work break on the afternoon of Tuesday 15th March 2016, I parked up along a quite lane at Hackford, Norfolk and was entertained for more than an hour by a pair of Long-tailed Tits nest-building in a hedge. The nest was sited in thick Bramble and Dog Rose close to an Ivy covered Oak, and I was only a matter of feet from this wonderful event.
|Long-tailed Tit at nest in Hackford, Norfolk 15/03/16|
Both Long-tailed Tits were involved in the construction of the nest, and visits were frequent during my stay. I was entertained by these dainty little birds as they delicately placed materials in place, often reaching over the cup to tidy the outside of the nest. Often, when in the nest, the Long-tailed Tits pushed themselves deep into the cup to ensure the shape was maintained and the fit was to the birds requirements, it was at times like this that I raised smiles and even had a laugh as these 'master builders' went about their business.
Sitting and watching these Long-tailed Tits building a warm home for their eggs and young was an hour so well spent and I considered it an absolute privilege that they allowed me into their world.