Do bluetits eat insects?

This must be the first year that both my apple trees have been in blossom at the same time. The flowers on the crab apple may be starting to look a bit jaded, while those on the reinette orleans are just coming out…. but since the wind has left them all intact, I can appreciate their beauty (as well as hoping for a decent crop of apples).

I’m not the only one to appreciate the trees. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a bluetit in the garden – but it is the first time I’ve seen one flitting between the crab and the dessert, clearly searching and presumably finding its supper.

I couldn’t get a photo but I hope you can imagine my delight!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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20 Responses to Do bluetits eat insects?

  1. Kalamain says:

    I know robins and great tits eat bees, wasps and other insects so I can only think that other tits do, too.
    In fact a couple of years ago I had tits hovering just where an old tree bumble bee nest was.

  2. Look at how lush everything is. And the shed adds a nice bit of height and texture to the view as well. I’ll imagine the bird as I know what a gift they can be to any garden.

    • Helen says:

      You are right, Alys. Apart from the charm of seeing the bluetit for its own sake, it was wonderful to see its work as a predator.

      I fear the lushness could soon disappear if we don’t get some rain soon. Fortunately, because it has been cool, there is still moisture in the soil. However, drought is on the cards after little rainfall since last summer…. ironic isn’t it, after the catastrophic end to your drought?

      • Ironic, yes, and quite disappointing. I’ve concluded that the “new normal” is anyone’s guess. Very sad indeed.

        • Helen says:

          It is said the reason we go into drought here is because of leaking pipes. That may indeed be a factor. However, on the east side of the country the rainfall in a good year is surprisingly low, so the risk of drought is unfortunately normal to start with. In other words, I’ve already grown up with water restrictions to varying degrees.

          One year, we came very close to no water coming out the taps and needing to collect from tankers at the end of the road (or maybe that was a threat to get those who couldn’t give up their hosepipes to finally do so!). In any case, I was once without running water for about two months (due to a dispute between my landlady and the water company, where each denied responsibility for the problem and therefore refused to do anything about it…. ). Carrying buckets of water up several flights of stairs to flush the loo and using bottled water to brush my teeth, not fun at all. It was bliss when I went to see a friend in Stockholm and could take a shower!

          • Oh my gosh, Helen. I can’t imagine living without water for two months, especially for such a silly reason on your landlord’s part. Do you rely on well water where you live?

          • Helen says:

            I’d don’t think there are any wells. I’ve got mains water for the house, if that’s what you mean, Alys?

          • Yes, I think so. It might be a difference of terminology. We live in the suburbs an get our water from the city through a central system, but others living in the country or more rural locations, may get their water from ground wells. This was a huge problem toward the later years of the drought, when the wells literally went dry. Horrible.

          • Helen says:

            Yes, I imagine they must have gone dry. I’m not sure if people use wells here now.

  3. andy1076 says:

    It looks like nature has given you a visit AND a compliment πŸ™‚

  4. skyeent says:

    I concur with born to organise – the garden does look lush – is that strawberry ground cover between the trees? It looks very promising.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, it is indeed strawberry ground cover. Last year, I had a brilliant crop – I hope I get the same again but some of the strawberry plants got trampled on when preparing to put the shed in.

      • skyeent says:

        One of my ambitions is a glut of strawberries!

        • Helen says:

          Do you have any strawberry plants?

          • skyeent says:

            I have some strawberry plants- I think ‘Florence’ and ‘Cambridge favourite’, but I never get around to weeding them at the right time, so they tend to get smothered. I also have some alpine strawberries (clump forming rather than running) that I brought from solihull which do rather better with my neglect. I also have some similar white strawberries from seed form James Wong which my Mum gave me. It’s a little too early to tell how they will do. The birds are apparently less likely to take the fruit. I am also experimenting with various other strawberries – beach strawberry and himalyan strawberry as well as wild strawberry as ground covers, which I may write about later how I get on. I was impressed with the ground covering ability of the himalayan starwberry, but no fruit yet…

          • Helen says:

            I have no idea what type of strawberries I have. Got them from friends who got them from plants that had been growing somewhere else for so long, no one knows anymore what the variety is. They are very strong plants with excellent runners, so I’m not going to be short any time soon.

            Good luck with all your varieties of strawberries. It will be interesting to read more about them on your blog.

          • skyeent says:

            If they are good doers, then it doesn’t matter what they are called. The best plants are the ones that your neighbours are successful with.

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