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Marsh Tit (Parus palustris)
Despite it's name, found in woods, especially open oak-wood, hedgerows, copses and more rarely in gardens. Breeds in ready-made tree holes (and nest boxes).
Very similar in appearance to Willow Tit. Does not normally show a distinct wing patch like Willow Tit does, and is slimmer around the neck. Cap glossy in good light.
Like all tits, the willow tit is very active when feeding, flitting constantly from twig to twig, searching for insects often among low bushes but also high in conifers, birch and alders. Small fruits and berries, including spindle and honeysuckle, are often eaten; a bunch of thistle fruits may be carried to a branch and held down by a foot while seeds are removed and swallowed...
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