Tom-Tit, a well-known diminutive bird, abounding in woods and orchards, where it constructs its nest with grass, etc. in which the female deposits from three to five very small eggs.

Tom-tits have erroneously been supposed to injure the young buds and blossoms of trees, on which account, large numbers are annually caught. They are, however, believed to be of great service to fruit-trees; and, though a few buds or blossoms may be occasionally destroyed by them, yet such damage is amply compensated; as innumerable insects are devoured by these birds ; and which, insinuating themselves into the buds, would commit irreparable injury. Hence, the increase of tom-tits ought to be encouraged ; as instances have occurred, where numbers of those harmless creatures had been taken in one year, after which the blossoms of trees were, in the succeeding spring, completely destroyed.