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A tiny bird usually encountered in coniferous woodland and in gardens that are near to such habitat


 

I am not sure whether I was surprised to see that the coal tit (Parus ater) was number 15 in the top garden birds list or not. They are certainly a regular visitor to our garden but we live quite close to Wareham Forest where they are very common amongst the coniferous woodland, I rarely see them seem to see them in any other habitat.

They are very active little birds that do not stay around long; in and out for a quick raid on the seed normally but this one paused long enough for me to get a snap and, obligingly, he turned his head to one side to show the diagnostic white stripe down the back.

The coal tit has a reputation for hoarding seed and we were amused for a couple of days last winter watching two of them in turn collect a seed from the container, then fly down and bury it in the garden. They never came back for them of course but I think the blackbirds found most of them.


 

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Coal Tit
Scientific Name Parus ater
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