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Willow Tit

We are very fortunate to have Marsh and Willow Tits visiting our garden. We seem to have one Willow Tit and a pair of marsh Tits. I have heard both species calling which is a sure way of identifying the two species. But when you see them side by side regularly the small differences become more obvious. The Willow Tit has rich buff coloured flanks a pale wing panel but perhaps most obvious a really thick neck. Willow Tits excavate their own nest holes in rotten tree stumps. The Marsh Tit has a rounder head and generally paler plumage, its flanks not as rich in colour. There are times, particularly at the end of the breeding season when the plumage of the adult birds is worn and they are virtually impossible to separate unless you here them call. Both hoard food. The Willow Tit seems to prefer chopped up peanuts where the Marsh Tits prefer sunflower seeds.

Willow Tit in snow- watercolour in sketchbook

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