Coffee with Coal Tits

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I’ve done something silly to my back and consequently spent this morning off work, watching the chaotic avian community of my garden enjoying breakfast. We are fortunate enough to find an abundance of starlings and house sparrows in our garden, two species which I know can be hard to find in other regions. When we first moved in they squabbled horribly, but after adding more feeding stations across the garden they now coexist quite cheerfully.

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My favourite thing about our autumn garden is the range of colours in the ripening berries. The pyracantha sets the foliage on fire with their tangerine hues, while the dog rose and rowan boughs lay scattered with crimson baubles, waiting to be gobbled by hungry blackbirds.

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The blue tits, great tits and goldfinches are particularly fond of the peanut feeder at the back, slightly hidden by shrubbery which I suppose makes them feel safer. Dunnocks are often seen pottering around collecting seeds carelessly dropped by others, and our newest arrival is a chubby coal tit. He flits from shrub to feeder so quickly that we barely have time to say hello, but his bright white crest alerted me to his arrival just in time to take a quick photo through my binoculars, as he shared a morning treat with the sparrows.

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