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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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02 March, 2015

Long-tailed Tit: time to move on | Nature Notes from Dorset

What an enchanting little bird the long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus) is! I never cease to be captivated by them whenever I see them.
You would think, of course, that it was related to the great, blue and coal tits but it is not. It is the only British member of the family Aegithalidae whereas the others are Parudae; not a lot of people know that!
Long-tailed tit are a gregarious race, especially in winter when they travel together in feeding parties. They are itinerant and are always on the move and rarely stopping in one place for very long. You never see one alone; as you look around you see more and more. They also huddle together at night for warmth; being so small they are very susceptible to the cold and suffer heavy losses in hard winters.

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