The Story of One Very Plucky Little Blue Tit


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  Its story starts in the spring of 2014 when I saw this blue tit in the garden coming for meal worms to feed its offspring. It was obvious by its somewhat jerky actions and excessive use of its wings for balance that there was something wrong and on close inspection I could see that it hah one foot missing.
     1st Oct 2014
    Sometimes nature can be quite hard but this Blue Tit is a real survivor, with one foot missing and a fungal infection, similar to that seen on chaffinches, has been in the garden from the beginning of the year and has raised a brood of young in the Spring and is still going strong as Autumn approaches. As it is still looking strong and keeps coming to be fed, on live mealworms, I will keep a close eye on it as winter creeps nearer and intervene if necessary. The local wildlife rescue, Cuan Wildlife, said that if it did start to deteriorate in the winter, and if I could catch it, that it was possible that they could do something to elevate the fungal condition.   Keep watching!

   (Note - My original assumption was wrong as it turned out later to be a scaly mite infestation)
     28th Dec 2014

    Whilst attempting to catch my blue tit with one foot missing, to take to Cuan Wildlife Rescue , I saw this one that was quite expertly using only one foot while feeding. It was making use of its wings to help with balance, just like the other one I was trying to catch, this is what first attracted my attention to it. It looked to be in very good condition apart from its right leg, which it was making no attempt to use. You can just make out the right foot in the slowed down video and the still frames at the end. I caught the other one, with the missing foot, and its now at Cuan Wildlife Rescue having treatment for a scaly mite condition. At least its now in the warm during this cold spell and I will be keeping a eye on this second one for while to see how in progresses.

    VIDEO     Blue Tit using one leg only       28th Dec 2014


       5th Jan

  Went to Cuan Wildlife Rescue centre at Much Wenlock today to see Fran and to see how my blue tit with one leg missing was progressing with its treatment for scaly mite. It's in good hands and is looking much better than when I took it in just over a week ago. Hopefully its feather condition will improve enough before too long to enable it to be released back into its home patch and it will be fit enough to cope with the cold weather.


Photographs by kind permission of Cuan Wildlife Rescue

    11th Jan
       My special blue tit is now the latest cover photo on the Cuan Wildlife Rescue Facebook Timeline.

    Good news in a message from Fran
    'Hi Maurice Baker he has now had his last treatment and his leg is looking so much better. So as soon as the weather improves he can come home 󾰀Fran'
       16th Jan
      I got a call from Fran at Cuan Wildlife Rescue this morning saying that my blue tit with the missing foot had finished its treatment for scaly mite and that as there was a respite from the bad weather today would be ideal for its release back in my garden. The time had come for its release and at midday the weather was perfect, not too cold, sunny and no wind. On opening its box it eventually popped out and flew off across the road into a nearby garden, but within minutes it was back in the garden with the other tits and birds feeding on its favourite, mealworms. It still needs to replace some of the feathers on its neck but apart from that it is very active and is in much better health than when I took it down to Much Wenlock.

     VIDEO      Blue Tit Release    16th January 2015

     24th Jan

Blue Tit Release seven days on

   The return of this blue tit is thanks to Fran and Claire and all at Cuan Wildlife Rescue for the sterling work they do and in particular treating this little fellow for a very bad case of scaly mite. It's looking in much better health and now has a really good chance of of surviving the rest of the winter. It's now one week since its return and release back into the garden. Despite being in the middle of winter and the condition of its plumage I am amazed at how well its coping and getting back to normal. My other blue tit that was only using one leg a few weeks ago also seems to be on the mend as it is now tentatively using the other leg again as can be seen in the video.

       VIDEO       Blue Tit Release Seven Days On           24th January 2015


   Possibly because of its different appearance it tends not to be accepted by a lot of the other blue tits, but as you can see its quite capable of looking out for itself. Fortunately its not all on its own as there is one that seems to be quite friendly with it, I would like to think that it may have been its partner from last spring.


Welcome to my new blog. I live in Shrewsbury and although most of my blog will be a diary and observations about garden birds I will inevitably be drawn out to the beautiful surrounding countryside of Shropshire, from the meres in the north to the rolling South Shropshire Hills.


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Follow the progress of this plucky little chap with only one foot, as it shows real determination to survive.

Diary of a special Blue Tit

    Tips on Photographing Garden Birds
   I am just a keen amateur bird watcher and photograph but I will occasionally try and pass on a few tips that I have picked up that may be helpful when you are photographing birds in your garden.


A selection of some of the 39 species of birds that visit my garden. I have gradually changed my urban back garden into a wildlife friendly area by adding water features, fruit and berry bushes & trees and letting the ivy cover the fence, trees and back of the house. I have introduced a rough grass area and encouraged wild flowers such as trefoil, knapweed, nettles & teasel to grow. By year round feeding & adding nest boxes I have recorded 39 different species of birds including predators, which I suppose is a sign of a well stocked wildlife garden.

 The 39 garden bird species captured on film or photographed: Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Brambling, Bullfinch, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch. Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Collard Dove, Common Redpoll, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, House Sparrow, Jay, Lesser Redpoll, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Robin, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Stock Dove, Willow Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Wren. and a Garden Warbler no photo



My list of Shropshire bird photos:

Arctic Tern,  Bar-headed Goose,  Barnacle Goose,  Bee-eater,  Bewick's Swan,  Blackbird, Blackcap,  Black-headed Gull,  Black-tailed Godwit,  Black Redstart,  Black Swan,  Blue Tit,  Brambling,  Brent Goose,  Bullfinch,   Buzzard,  Canada Goose,   Carrion Crow,  Chaffinch,  Chiffchaff,   Coal Tit,  Collard Dove,   Common Sandpiper,  Common Redpoll,   Coot,   Cormorant,   Curlew,  Dipper,   Dunlin,   Dunnock, Egyptian Goose,   Fieldfare, Gadwall,  Garganey,  Golden Plover,  Goldeneye,  Goldfinch,   Goldcrest,   Goosander,   Great Crested Grebe,  Great Spotted Woodpecker,   Great Tit,  Green Sandpiper,  Green Woodpecker,    Greenfinch,  Greenshank,   Green-winged Teal,  Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail,   Greylag Goose,  Herring Gull,  Hobby,  House Martin,   House Sparrow,  Jackdaw,  Jay,   Kestrel,   Kingfisher,  Lapwing,   Lesser Black-backed Gull,   Lesser Redpoll,   Linnet,  Little Egret,  Little Grebe,   Little Ringed Plover,  Long-tailed Tit, Magpie,  Mallard   Marsh Tit,  Meadow Pipit,  Mistle Thrush,  Moorhen,  Mute Swan,  Nuthatch,  Osprey,  Oystercatcher,  Peregrin Falcon,  Pheasant,  Pied Flycatcher,  Pied Wagtail,  Pink-footed Goose,  Pintail,  Pochard,   Raven,  Redwing,  Redstart,  Redshank,  Red-legged Partridge,  Red Kite,  Reed Bunting,  Reed Warbler,  Ringed Plover,  Robin,  Rook,  Ruff, Sanderling,  Sand Martin,  Scaup,  Sedge Warbler,  Shelduck,  Shoveler Duck,  Siskin,  Skylark,  Snipe,  Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk,  Spoonbill,  Spotted Flycatcher,  Spotted Redshank,  Starling,  Stock Dove,  Stonechat,  Swallow,  Swift,  Teal,  Tundra Bean Goose, Whooper Swan Tree Sparrow,   Treecreeper,  Tufted Duck,  Turnstone,  Waxwing,  Wheatear,  Whitethroat,  White-fronted Goose,  Wigeon,  Willow Warbler,  Woodpigeon,  Wren,  Yellow Wagtail,  Yellow Legged Gull,  Yellowhammer,

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