Sociable, energetic and acrobatic sums this species up. 14cm long of which the tail accounts for 9cm they are unmistakable both in flight and during their very brief periods of rest.
In winter the size of the family parties may swell as unrelated '' helpers '' join the troupe which roosts and huddles together to retain body heat.
Final clue, whereas the adult has a yellow eye ring that of the juvenile is red.
It is of course the Long Tailed Tit !.