The first time I ever saw these birds was in 2002 at our previous home in Surrey -- Keepers Cottage, near Chipstead in Surrey.
At the time, I was working away on my computer in the lounge, which had a lovely window to the back garden. I just happened to turn around and see that it had begun to snow, a rarity in April. Then this flock of about six to eight Long-Tailed Tits landed on the newly budding rose bushes. The hungry beasts frantically began to munch on the rose buds for about 2 minutes, and they flew away as quickly as they came.
The weather needs to be inclement, icy or snowy before I see these stunning birds. They seem to only come in groups, never singularly.
Since moving to Hillside, I've managed to spot the Long-Tailed Tit about five times, mostly during snowy and icy conditions. Trying to get a photo or video of them is near to impossible, as they come and go so quickly.
I was quite shocked I managed to get a video of these birds at in our front garden during yesterday's snow.
If you'd like to see some really lovely photos of Long-Tailed Tits, have a look at these photos by Andy Bright: