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Old 11th Feb 2017, 09:54   #1 (permalink)
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Great Tits - as in Parus major

I seem to recall that two or three years ago, I read here that there was some sort of virus affecting Great Tits (Parus major). Certainly the numbers here decreased appreciably, but they seem to have recovered.

Anyone got any further information?
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 10:05   #2 (permalink)
 
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Hi

Most of the reports/papers on this seem to date from around 2012 ish...

e. gEpidemiology of the Emergent Disease Paridae pox in an Intensively Studied Wild Bird Population

We are a decent distance from the UK, and I'd have to check if it ever effected us - FWIW we've got 3 great tit boxes set up locally and they were all used last summer, so no sign that our local population decreasing significantly.

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I have a wood and garden full of Great Tits, not seen any loss of numbers over the past few years..
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Plenty of Greats and Blues down south at the moment, and they are enjoying the food we put out, when the squirrels don't steal it first.
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We can send you plenty just in case too
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Heard and seen a few in the past few weeks - no obvious signs of decline locally here in Cheshire ...
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Most disappointing thread on JB.
How am I s'posed to know that Tits are birds as well?
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For those of you who believe some threads are worthless without pictures, here is a picture of a beautiful pair of tits.

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Beautiful pair of tits !
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Come on - let's see pictures of boobies (yes they are another bird).
My squirrel proof peanut feeder is regularly submerged by long tailed tits who arrive en-masse perhaps 10 at a time all fighting over the food.
The other tit species seem to prefer the equally squirrel proof sunflower and other seed mix feeder - so much so that I have to refill it every day
Like @Sallyann1234 - no shortage of them round here in the central south.
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Rather reminds me of the late Terry Wogan starting a radio conversation with
"Tits like Coconuts".
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Old 14th Feb 2017, 00:19   #12 (permalink)
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Rather reminds me of the late Terry Wogan starting a radio conversation with
"Tits like Coconuts".
Robins like worms.

I thought it was Eric Morecambe.

Apparently it goes back much further than that:-
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a lady who phoned up the BBC in John Reith's day to complain about the phrase "tits like coconuts", which she had heard on the radio.
Reith said that if the lady had been more patient, she would also have learned that robins like worms.
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Old 14th Feb 2017, 08:21   #13 (permalink)

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Some birds have definitely gone downhill over the years. It's a situation of some gravity.
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Concorde flies like a bullet, fruit flies like oranges....
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Old 14th Feb 2017, 09:30   #15 (permalink)
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Nice tits if I may say so Mr 11Fan.


Here by way of contrast is a rather sad photo of a pair of fake plastic tits.


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..I would never have guessed they were fake..they look like "Trumpton Bearded Tits" waiting for Pugh-Pugh , Barney Magrew to come along and sort out the food..
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Some birds have definitely gone downhill over the years. It's a situation of some gravity.
Yes, that's a problem with tits generally ...
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I shudder to think what some of you would have made about a question on Turdus merula - which is the name for the familiar Blackbird. The male has a glossy black plumage and yellow beak - I always feel that they look very elegant birds.
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One of the best singers too.
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