Did you know -
- they are members of flocks that are led by a dominant breeding pair?
- the flock will have three to five favourite foraging sites among which it circulates during the day?
- they have different calls for different functions? Keeping the flock together is a different call than displacing another bird from a feeding perch.
- they are as comfortable hanging below the branch as perching on top? So when snow covers the tops of branches, they hang upside down to find food.
- in winter, half its diet is small eggs or larvae of insects and spiders which are nestled in bark crevices? The rest is seeds, especially from pine trees, and grains.
(from A Guide to Nature in Winter by Donald W. Stokes and Deborah Prince)
It always makes me smile to see them flitting here and there! And I really need to try to photograph some too.