BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild December -

A sneeze-like ‘pit-chooo!’ will in­vari­ably be what draws your at­ten­tion to a marsh tit, or per­haps a pair, mov­ing through the leaf­less trees of a De­cem­ber wood. Of all Bri­tish tits, they are the most closely as­so­ci­ated with old de­cid­u­ous wood­land. In win­ter you might spot one vis­it­ing a bird-feeder in a ru­ral gar­den, but oth­er­wise marsh tits sel­dom leave ex­ten­sive forested ar­eas. Un­for­tu­nately, the species is be­com­ing scarce: re­sults from the UK’s Breed­ing Bird Sur­vey show that its pop­u­la­tion fell 41 per cent from 1995 to 2015.

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