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Bird of the Month: Coal Tit - John McEwen

Pursuits | By John McEwen

Illustration by Carry Ackroyd

The most magical bird contact is to have a songbird feed from the hand. By John McEwen

The tremulous, prickly weight is breathtaking – literally, because if you breathe noticeably, you can cause instant flight. To attract the shy coal tit (Periparus ater), smallest of titmice at ¼ ounce, to your hand is to receive the order of merit....


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