Boost for garden birds due to mild winter
Europe’s smallest bird species, along with the yellow-browed wabler and the firecrest, is one of the small, dainty garden birds that have benifited due to the mild winter. This year, this 9 centimetre garden bird with a birght gold head and a greeny-brown body has been seen in many more gardens than usual in the yearly Garden Bird Watch in January. Long-tailed tits, a pink, black and white bird with the smallest body of any bird in Britain relative to its size(this is only a 14cm long bird and its body is only a tiny 6cm). The sightings of these cute-looking, fluffy tits have become more common in gardens and last year their numbers rose by 44 per cent last year. Also on the rise in gardens are coal tits, England’s smallest member of the tit family. The RSPB puts the rise down to the mild wnter before the 37th Birdwatch, one which more than 500000 people took part. Smaller birds like goldcrests and coal tits can die in harsh winters, but coal and long-tails will eat peanuts and take advantage of other bird food like fat blocks.