Meeting place for tits


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Especially in winter, many species of birds can be observed at the feeding site. The domestic tits are among the most frequent visitors to the feed house

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In winter, tits give up their territory in favor of foraging

Waiting, the great tit sits on a branch in the tree near the feeding site. It fits the favorable moment, when the blackbird finally leaves the cottage, and lands on the outer edge of the wood. With lightning speed she picks a sunflower seed and flies back onto her branch. Cleverly, the bird holds the core with its feet and beats a hole in the shell with its beak. Quickly the tit eats the kernel; the bowl falls to the ground and she is ready for the next flight. So it goes tirelessly almost every minute. No wonder, because great tits spend two thirds of the day looking for food in winter.

Fast and always hungry: the blue tit

The smaller blue tit is even busier: it dedicates 95% of its day to foraging. The pretty titmouse with the blue cap often lingers for a long time at the birdhouse. Blue tits are slightly more agile than their big sisters.

Feeding blue tit

Those who keep still long enough can even feed tits out of hand

In nature, they also exercise in search of food on the thinner branches, while great tits are found in more stable branches. These different ecological niches also take the titmice in the feeding house: With great skill, blue tits are more likely to work on the tit dumpling than head of a great titmouse. Even more they are happy about a peanut bag - a true blue iron magnet!

Feeding place titmice

At the feeding site you can even watch the shy long-tailed tits

If you live close to the forest, you can also welcome the little coal tit, the brown marsh tit or the cute crested tit next to the blue and great tits. Rarely found are long-toed tit and willow tit. By the way, only in winter can so many different species be observed in a small space. The reason: Now, unlike the breeding season in spring, the birds do not have their own areas. The appearance in groups has many advantages in the low-food time; It facilitates foraging and protects against enemies. Nevertheless, it often comes to quarrels at the bird house, but they are resolved quite quickly, because: The smarter is known to give way.

The right food for tits

In summer, tits feed on insects, larvae, spiders and seeds. In winter they like to come to the bird house. In addition to Meisenknödeln other food is popular: Sunflower seeds are eaten by many species of birds like.

Sunflower tit

In the autumn, the aviation artists pick pips of flowered sunflowers

Grain blends consist of grains, seeds and nuts, with tits often leaving the grain. Peanuts (unsalted, pet shops, Raiffeisen markets) are popular with or without shell, especially in blue tits. Raisins also attract typical soft-food eaters such as blackbirds or robins. Conservationists recommend closed feed dispensers, where the feed stays dry and clean, unlike open birdhouses. A year-round feeding is possible, but not necessary. If tits are fed after the winter, they often start breeding sooner and occupy the best nesting sites.

Hang the nest boxes in time

As early as autumn, the birds look around for a suitable nesting site, such as the Meisen log cabin. In cold winter nights, some birds also use nesting boxes as night quarters - so they hang them up in autumn. Also for cleaning is then the best time.

Blue Meisennest

At the blue tits the parents take care of the boys together

Models with a small entry hole (Ø 28 mm) are accepted by blue, marsh and coal tit. Secure these boxes to a tree with a cat-nails (minimum height 2 m, orientation southeast). Boxes with large entry hole (Ø 32 cm) use u. a. Great tits, they can also be attached to a not full sun wall. As a cave breeder, titmice build moss and grass padded nests into cavities in trees or walls. Depending on the species, the females lay 5-15 eggs from April, from which hatch after about 14 days young, who are cared for by both parents.

Do you have a tit?

Incidentally, the phrase "Do you have a titmice?", Which is meant to question the mind of the person addressed, by no means stems from the stupidity of the titmice. Rather, it used to be believed that in mental illness, a bird - a titmouse - nestled in the victim's head. On the contrary, the fact that titmice has a special intelligence proves its ability to find even well-hidden grains at the feeding site and even to open closed packages.
Cabbage and blue tits are among the most common guests at the birdhouse. Our Gallery shows which other species of tits are still to be discovered at the feeding site:

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The domestic species of tits (9)

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Reiner Reed is the bearded tit (about 3000 pairs, especially in northern Germany). Strictly speaking, the tail, beard and hoof tit are called titmice, but belong to their own families

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The titmouse broods with us in about 4300 pairs in wetlands. Typical are their hanging testicles on pastures, poplars or alders. It moves in the autumn in the south, sometimes wintering in southern Germany.

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Blue tits are easy to recognize with their blue-yellow plumage. They usually fly in groups from birdhouse to birdhouse, often following the order and approximate times

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Striking is the crested tit with its feather hood. It is about the size of a blue tit and typical coniferous woodland dweller. Crested titmice grow up to nine years old, four years older than the average

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The great tit is our largest species of titmouse. Males and females hardly differ in tits, in the great tit however, the male is slightly stronger colored and has a wider black belly strip

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The long-tailed tit is unmistakable with its up to 10 cm long tail. She lives in gardens and mixed and deciduous forests

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The brown marsh tit is found in deciduous and mixed forests, but also in gardens

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The smallest species of tits is the coal tit. It resembles the great tit, but is smaller and often a bit disheveled. It inhabits coniferous forests, parks and gardens

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Only connoisseurs can distinguish them from the somewhat rarer willow tit whose black topplate is duller than the marsh tit

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