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willow tit

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(Animals) a small tit, Parus montanus, of marshy woods in Europe, having a greyish-brown body and dull black crown
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I have had blue, great, coal, longtail and willow tits in the garden over the years.
Numbers of willow tits have fallen by 91% and the lesser spotted woodpecker, the smallest of the UK's woodpeckers, have dropped by more than three-quarters (76%), according to the RSPB.
It's especially worrying that woodland birds that don't migrate, such as marsh tits and willow tits, aren't doing very well because they seem to have disappeared for no apparent reason.
The British Trust for Ornithology says that scientific studies show parakeets lead to a fall in the population of nuthatches and there are concerns for willow tits and woodpeckers that compete with the tropical birds for nesting space.
Willow tits (Poecile montana) form, on average, four-bird flocks (Ekman 1989, Siffczyk et al.
In a wildlife section visitors are invited to view, live or recorded, Greater Horseshoe bats as well as nesting barn owls, goldfinches, willow tits, woodpeckers, nuthatches, sparrow hawks and swallows.
Just to the north of Warrington he has seen and heard a pair of willow tits, close to the M62, and watched yellow wagtails feeding young.
The numbers of woodland birds also fell by six per cent, in line with national statistics with willow warblers and willow tits being worst hit.
Researchers studying seed-caching willow tits found that blood concentrations of corticosterone double during the worst winter months.
But this bird likes to excavate its nest, so the boxes have to be packed with sawdust so that the willow tits can act out their natural instincts.
According to the RSPB, willow tits have fallen in number by a huge 91% and the lesser spotted woodpecker - the smallest of the UK's woodpeckers - has dropped by 76%.
In woodlands, specialists including willow tits, tree pipits, spotted flycatchers and the lesser spotted woodpecker have seen numbers decline by more than 70%, while others such as blackcaps, green woodpeckers and sparrowhawks have doubled their populations.