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Life, uh, finds a way

This is a photo taken by The Hidden Gardens’ Director, Amanda, at her allotment. Can you guess what this is?

This photo is taken through a hole in the gate where the bolt goes. There’s a little space under the bolt, and in the space, there’s a blue tit nest! The little yellow squares are the little baby blue tits peep-peeping away.

AP baby blue tits

Ah, they’re a bit bigger now. We can kind of see these are birds, but…

momma blue tit AP

…here’s the photo that proves it! A mama blue tit glaring up at you. Good catch, Amanda!

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How many birds are in The Hidden Gardens?

Great photo of some blue tits in the willow by Lesley McCue, volunteer and photographer extraordinaire!
Great photo of some blue tits in the willow by Lesley McCue, volunteer and photographer extraordinaire!

Some days in the Gardens it seems there are only pigeons here, but we’re actually home to a lot of birds. Bird expert Mark came along to chart all the birds in the Gardens. How many of the following have you seen?

Probable breeders within the gardens:

Great tit
Blue tit
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Blackbird
Wren
Blackcap
Bullfinch
Robin
Willow warbler
Dunnock

Other birds recorded, but no evidence of breeding based on today’s visit:

Coal tit
Long-tailed tit
Lesser black-backed gull
Magpie
Feral pigeon
Starling

How many can you find? Let us know!

Here's a long tailed tit taken by Lesley.
Here’s a long tailed tit taken by Lesley.