Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris)
Species

Taken at Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion, on May 9th 2014.
(1/200th sec at f13. © David Hastings)

Juvenile. Taken at Bentley Wood, Wilts, on 20th May 2017.
(1/125th sec at f11. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 12 cm; WS: 19 cm

This species is about the same size as a Coal Tit, but it has an all-black head. The Willow Tit is very similar but is much less common, and usually has a rather scruffy appearance.

It is found in England, Wales and southern Scotland, but is most abundant in south Wales and southern and eastern England.

Despite its name the Marsh Tit is most commonly found in deciduous woodland, copses, parks and gardens.

The Marsh Tit is a Red list species owing to a decline in the breeding population. There are only about 41000 breeding territories in the UK.

Sightings

26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (1)
03-May-2018 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (3)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

13-Nov-2017 : Highmoor, Oxon (2)
06-Nov-2017 : Highmoor, Oxon (2)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
16-Aug-2017 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
20-May-2017 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (2)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

29-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

30-Jul-2014 : Challan Hall, Lancashire (1)
28-Jul-2014 : Gait Barrows NNR, Lancashire (1)
09-May-2014 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (1)