Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

STATUS AT LONGHAM LAKES

Common resident. Breeds on site and is seen on most visits.

High numbers:
14 on 29th January 2006. (Trevor Thorpe)
20 on 11th August 2006 (Emily’s Wood)
15 on 20th October 2005.
11 on 2nd September 2005.
10 on 29th August 2003
10 0n 1st December 2004 (large family flock)
20 in Samuel’s Wood on 13th September 2006.
15 on 12th September 2007 (Emily’s Wood).
14 on the South Side, 6th November 2009.
10 on 25th August 2010.
14 on14th October 2011.
25 present on-site, 28th November 2014.
3 flocks present 6th January 2015.
16 on 4th September 2015.

Breeding:
1 nest seen 24th March 2006. (Trevor Thorpe).
1 nest seen under construction, 5th March 2008 (Trevor Thorpe).
Pair with young, 14th May 2010. Probably 2 breeding pairs.
2012: 1 pair Samuel’s Wood, 20th April 2012. 4 juveniles seen along Green Lane, 24th May. 2 juveniles accompanied by 5 adults in the ringing nets, 28th May, and then the same flock with an extra 3 juveniles and another female on 4th June, so flock composition was at least 4 females, 2 males and 5 juveniles.
2014: 3 territories; 1 nest seen.
2015: From ringing, estimated 8 breeding females on-site.
2016: 5 territories were located in hedgerow and woodland scrub. It is possible other territories eluded detection (Steve Morrison).

Ringing:
2011: 5 ringed, all on 20th July.
2012: 29 ringed, 12 in September.
2013: 21 ringed, with 15 on 14th June.
2014: 30 ringed, with 17 in October.

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