BIRDS of GARDENS and HILLS.
The Great Tit
It is a very common bird in Giverny, as in the “Haute-Normandie” region,
where one counts approximately 100 000 pairs of them.
Winter is the best season to observe it.
One often sees it at a few meters of the village dwellings, especially if it is nourished.
It is a voracious bird which swallows many insects and caterpillars in breeding period.
To survive in winter, it needs fat to compensate for the caloric loss due to the cold.
Very fond of sunflower seeds, the Great Tit appreciates readymade balls of grease sold in garden-centers, as well as margarine.
Sexes are very similar. One however recognizes the male with his pectoral band broader than that of the female.
On this page, you have both.
Photographs taken in Giverny during the winter 2006.
More about the species and a soundtrack.