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tit

1. any of numerous small active Old World songbirds of the family Paridae (titmice), esp those of the genus Parus (bluetit, great tit, etc.). They have a short bill and feed on insects and seeds
2. any of various similar small birds
3. Archaic or dialect a worthless or worn-out horse; nag
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The first row, as Levin noticed, Tit had mowed specially quickly, probably wishing to put his master to the test, and the row happened to be a long one.
On finishing yet another row he would have gone back to the top of the meadow again to begin the next, but Tit stopped, and going up to the old man said something in a low voice to him.
Levin gave his scythe to Tit, and together with the peasants, who were crossing the long stretch of mown grass, slightly sprinkled with rain, to get their bread from the heap of coats, he went towards his house.
Blue tits build a nest of moss, twigs and grass, while they may also take advantage of the brushed dog hair, which I leave out in the garden at this time of year.
Willow Tits were recognised as different to the similar-looking Marsh Tit only 120 years ago.
Members of the public taking part in the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend could also record bumper sightings of other resident British birds such as greenfinches, great tits and long-tailed tits.
Female great tits are extremely demanding and brook no failures in their mates.
And work by The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has seen numbers of willow tits stabilise in our three counties - and possibly increase a little bit.
None of us could have predicted last year that we were going to get a stoat eating half "the cast" but we got phenomenal footage of it, or filming a blue tit nest box, which we do every year, and getting this extraordinary story of a blue tit bringing up great tit chicks.
To see how urbanization might influence early development in great tits (Parus major), biologists at Lund University in Sweden took newly hatched great tits from the city and the country and mixed them up.
Blue tits also did very well, but milder weather may depress their numbers later in the year if the caterpillars, upon which they feed their young, are not there at the right time because their host plants have germinated early.
Warmer weather leading up to the 2016 Big Garden Birdwatch in January helped boost numbers of longtailed tits by 44 per cent on last year, bringing them into the top ten most commonly spotted birds for the first time in seven years.