Sunday, September 13

Blue Tits - the birds that love milk













Found throughout Europe they eat insects, caterpillars, nuts and seeds. But they have learned, and teach their children, how to open the British milk bottle. I think it's a fair trade: beauty, taking care of the garden and singing for a little milk.
Right picture: Colin Sargent

4 comments:

Sandee said...

I agree with you Ana. I think it's a fair trade for sure.

Have a terrific day. :)

Ana said...

Have a great day Sandee!

Radagast said...

There's a story about this behaviour... It may be an urban myth, but it sounds so good I'll pass it on.

It seems that there had been no reports of this behaviour until one day, only a few decades ago, somebody noticed it in Devon, or somewhere in the southwest of England, anyway (don't forget, foil-topped bottles are only a relatively recent thing). A day or so later, somebody else noticed this, too - but 300 miles away. Coincidence? Group awareness? Who knows?

Incidentally, just to be a nitpicker, the bird on the bottles is a Blue Tit, but I'm pretty sure that the bird on the twig is a Great Tit (note its black throat). I've seen both (Longtailed Tits, too), in my little garden, although the Blue Tits have left my milk bottles alone, thus far!

Matt

Ana said...

I was waiting for an explanation of a British person.
It had to be you!
Thank you Matt!
Love,
Ana