Marsh Tit – Parus palustris

Misleadingly named, the Marsh Tit is found all year round, largely in deciduous woodlands, copses, parks and well-established gardens. Can be found across England and Wales and less occasionally in southern Scotland. It is quite a scarce urban visitor.

Identification

Adult: A neat, elegant bird, sometimes mistaken for the Willow Tit, with a well-defined small black bib and a glossy black cap on its round head. Buff-brown upperparts.
Size: 11—12cm.
Bill: Black, short and stubby.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: Heaths, woodlands, hedges and gardens.
Behaviour: Flits, takes off/lands from vegetation.
Flocking: 1—5.
Flight: Undulating, flitting.
Voice: Distinctive, repeated pitchoo-pitchoo and chip-chip.

Breeding

Nest: Rotten wood.
Eggs: 6—9. White with red spots.
Incubation period: 13—17 days.
Fledgeling: 16—21 days.
Broods: 1—2. April—May.
Food: Insects, nuts, suet and seeds.
UK breeding pairs: 60,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Peanuts, Suet Blocks.

 

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