Wing mirror blue tit

[shared via Google Reader from Songs, Snaps and Science]

Just prior to walking our dog today, this little fella alighted on our wing mirror the moment I switched off the engine, spent a couple of minutes squaring up to himself and pecking at the glass. Not sure whether it was aggression, part of a quest for food, or a bizarre and inappropriate courtship attempt. When we returned to our car, (presumably) the same bird was sitting on another car that had parked nearby, gawping at himself in the mirror. I suppose it’s ever slightly possible that he was trying to get at the wing-mirror spiders that are ubiquitous.

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The Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus or Parus caeruleus) is a small passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. The bird is easily recognisable by its small size and blue and yellow plumage. The species is commonly resident and non-migratory and is widespread in subarctic Europe and western Asia in deciduous or mixed woodlands, with a preference for oak. They usually nest in holes in trees but will adapt to garden and other nest boxes.

Blue Tit – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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