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Nature Nuggets

Things you might not know about the natural world...

What are: a Fuffit, a Poke Pudding, a Bum Barrel?

Long-tailed Tit

All of these are names for a Long-tailed Tit. Other local and vernacular names are: Hedge Mumruffin, Jack-in-a-bottle, Bum Towel , Prinpriddle, Feather Poke, Long-tailed Mag and Millithrum (Miller’s Thumb).  “All the Birds of the Air” by Francesca Greenoak gives examples for other birds.

Look out for family parties of 10 or more flipping along hedges in winter. Put out fat balls for them which you could buy here.

Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia.