Have you spotted any signs of spring yet? Look out for hawthorn in leaf and flowering.
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great tit fact sheet
- Largest of the tits, averaging 14cm long
- Similar colouring to the blue tit, but with a black 'cap' and breast band
- A fairly raucous, metallic call – sounds like 'see-saw' or 'teacher-teacher' - click on the recording below to listen:
Deciduous and mixed woodland, hedges, gardens and parks.
When to look for
- A resident bird so it may be seen throughout the year
- Breeds between March and May, in most years producing two broods. View live maps of great tit first nest building and first feeding young
Fabulous great tit facts
- Great tits are a common woodland bird throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central and Northern Asia and parts of North Africa
- Feeding mostly on insects in the summer, they eat a wider range of foods in the winter
- They nest in cavities, usually a hole in a tree
- The female lays around twelve eggs and incubates them herself, although both parents raise the chicks
- Their nests are prone to raids by woodpeckers, squirrels and weasels
- Adult birds are sometimes hunted by sparrowhawks
- In winter they flock together with other tits and roam the countryside looking for food