Great tit song

Listened to a great tit singing last Sunday. I know they sing on and off year ’round, but its always nice to hear bird song early in the new year, a reminder of lengthening days and shorter nights.

Typically it’s described as sounding like `teacher-teacher’ repeated over and over, but also rendered ‘teechuwee teechuwee’ or `tsi-tsi-daa tsi-tsi-daa’. To me, one of the key features is the volume; the great tit is one of our louder, more piercing species. Its known that individual great tits have a repertoire of variations the basic two/three note theme. And according to the encyclopedic Handbook of the Birds of the Western Palearctic their voice also varies according to habitat, with birds in dense habitats having lower frequency songs than their counterparts in open places.

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    In this blog we'll describe the day to day comings and goings of the birds in our Devon garden.
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    Tony is a naturalist and environmental artist. Laura is a free range creative web and print designer. We've recently moved from the village of Ipplepen to the town of Newton Abbot with our two children Ralph and Oli, our dog Henry, and numerous cats (none of whom would ever dream of eating birds).
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