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One of the three different Great tits in these photographs may well be ‘George’, a cheeky little chap who’s earned himself a nickname from the birders who regularly visit the hides at Forest Farm Nature Reserve near Cardiff because he is quite brazen in his visits inside the hide to demand food. His favourite, apparently, is nyjer seeds and, if these are offered in an outstretched hand, he will quite happily sit on the hand and feed. He is fussy though and turned his beak up pretty smartly at my suet pellets!

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Though the Great tit (Parus major) is a popular visitor to many people’s bird feeders, it’s not normally quite as friendly as ‘George’, and its usual habitat is deciduous woodland though, as you see, this tit adapts well to different situations. It’s a melodious little bird, with a standard song that sounds a bit like ‘teach-er’ (which is how it came to be known in days past by the common name of ‘saw sharpener’), but it’s also rather skilled at jamming a variety of tunes and rhythms.

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