Long-tailed Tit – 1894

Acredula rosea – A common resident.

This minute species was very plentiful around Stone Hall, where the larch and spruce covers afforded the members of the Tit family both shelter and an abundance of the insect food they love. We frequently came across its beautiful nest in the woods, and noticed that the materials employed by the tiny architects varied with the situation. In an oak the nest would be constructed of dead oak leaves and the grey lichens from the trunk of the tree; in a willow overhanging the stream the nest was made of moss and Pheasant’s feathers; the bright feathers of a Cock Pheasant’s neck were stuck around the tiny aperture as if for decoration.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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