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Blue Tit

Blue Tit
Migrant Blue Tit, Hernar, Øygarden, November  2010

Blue Tits are not a very common breeder in Øygarden, there are a few pairs at some locations but the species is most usual as a visitor to bird feeders during the winter and as an irruptive migrant. As with many irruptive migrants this species prefers to migrate under clear and calm conditions in late September or October. During such movements flocks of 40-60 can be seen.

Some visible migration locations where the species does not normally occur lend themselves well to the detection of these movements - Gullfjell (see link above) is an ideal spot for this.

This species is an excellent opportunist feeder and although normally at home in woodland they exploit any available food - even heather moorland and long grass - as amply illustrated during the autumn of 2008 when large flocks were present on the virtually treeless island of Hernar in Øygarden.

Blue Tit
Above and below: Migrant Blue tits on Hernar, Øygarden, October 2008
These birds fed among the heather and in long grass.

Blue Tit

Flock of migrating Blue Tits, Hernar, October 2017
Flock of migrating Blue Tits, Hernar, October 2017

Ringed Blue Tit
This Blue tit, caught in my garden at Tjeldstø had been ringed 56 days earlier at Lista in southern Norway. It had moved 293km NNW and ended up in my garden. It just shows that these autumn Blue tits could well have come from further south....

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