Poecile palustris - March 30th 07   

Marsh tit is found across the county and was recorded in every 10km square in the 1968-1972 Atlas except SU48. It is certainly easier to find in the west of the county and the majority of the 60 sites recorded in the 2003 report are west of Reading. Its favoured habitat is oak & beech but will occur in other woodland habitat [even mature hedgerows]

These birds were in a small woodland on the downs north-east of Catmore. As well as this pair of treecreeper [and pheasant, a dozen guinea fowl & a fox] the wood also held, at least, two in very smart plumage. and also showed well at this site and a bit of knocking on a dead tree brought this within a few yards

Earlier on in the day I found this skulking at a site in the Kennet valley [there were three birds calling]. The 2003 report has 15 locations - all but one [WGP] along the Kennet. "The Birds of Berkshire" reports it as breeding in Berkshire in 1971 [the first inland record for the UK]. Records of breeding are difficult because of its habits & habitat but there are almost certainly more than the two reported in the 2003 report. Cettia cetti is on the green list with an estimated 550 pairs breeding in the UK
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