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There seem to be too many members of the titmice family around this year looking for suitable nesting sites. All our nest boxes are occupied and being fought after. This little chap, a young male Great Tit is using his imagination and setting up home in one of our terracotta pots at ground level in the Beth Chatto Border, our gravel garden. He is just a few feet from our study window so is entertaining us as we work on the computer.

His family will provide us with natural pest control in return for our hospitality. Feeding a couple of nests of fledglings will dispose of thousands of aphids and caterpillars.

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He is such a star we thought he deserved a little photo gallery all of his own. Just click on any pic.

Published by greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

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  1. Oh…this is just the cutest thing!! What a clever little fellow he is! I hope you show more pictures of him and his family as the babies start growing. Thanks so much for giving me a smile!

  2. Our titmice are shades of black, grey, and white with distinct markings. Different from your variety. Yours are precious. It’s always a joy to see which birds rent which space. Although we have many titmice, our American goldfinch seem to be in abundance this season. All year round I spend several small pockets of time during the day spying on “my” birds. My neighbors and I watch them move back and forth between our properties. And I enjoyed your comment about the benefit of such lovely creatures. Happy Earth Day.

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