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Hmm... Blue Tits, Maybe?

Observed: 29th March 2013 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Milk Bottle top, Franklin Gardens, 2013-03-29 002
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When I was a lad around 1960, the blue tits used to raid the milk bottles on the doorstep. The damage was always the same - part of the foil top was peeled back.
I haven't come across this for years, but this morning something had made a hole in one of the milk bottle tops. I thought it was a thing of the past, due to homogenisation of milk. Maybe not though.
If it happens again, I'll set up a trail camera.

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Species with which Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) interacts

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Thistle's picture

Thing of the past

I thought this was a thing of the past ... it's so long since I've seen a "real" milk bottle with a foil top!

Does anything other than blue tits do this?

Ian

Simon Walker's picture

I Don't Know, Ian

I remember seeing the little devils at it when I was a lad. We'd lean out of the bedroom window and we could see the milk on the step. The raids were pretty frequent, but my mother wasn't particularly worried.
Of course in those days it was whole milk, and not homogenized, so the cream was at the top; and it was the fat in the cream they were after.
If anyone knows of this still happening, I'd be most interested.
It makes me glad my wife insists on supporting the local milkman by having our milk delivered, despite the fact it's a lot more expensive!

Regards

Simon