NATURE NOTES - Barking mad blue tit targets cottage

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SOON again I heard a tapping something louder than before.

“Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice; Let me see, then, what thereat is and this mystery explore.

“Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; ‘Tis the wind and nothing more.” Edgar Allen Poe.

This was not a raven ‘tapping, tapping at my window – but a barking mad blue tit! I noticed the blue tit tapping on the window and at first thought nothing of it – just out searching for somewhere to build a nest and had decided that the lounge looked inviting.

I thought it would soon find the window somewhat of a barrier and go and find somewhere else – big mistake!

He’s been with us for around two weeks now and he’s driving us absolutely crazy! If he’s not tapping on a window – and he visits every window in the cottage - he’s attacking the mirrors or windows of the cars and the little presents he leaves are now starting to become somewhat of a nuisance.

He took an instant dislike to the pots of daffs on the cottage window sills and made a good job of beheading most of the pretty little flowers and instead of the gently nodding heads in the breeze we had headless stalks – so of course he was immediately christened Henry as he beheaded more victims than Henry VIII!

On a more serious note there is obviously something not quite right with Henry and whilst it’s perfectly normal for some birds to see their reflection as a threat usually they soon learn to ignore it.

So what’s the reason this is happening? Seeing its reflection in the windows it thinks that another bird is intruding and tries to drive it away by pecking at it.

We are all hoping that pretty soon Henry will meet a Miss Blue Tit and get on with what he should be doing now - nest-building and rearing young Henrys and Henriettas.