Coal Tit

Parus ater – TITW PENDDU – Breeding resident, unusual on the islands

Coal Tit – autumn irruptions

Periparus ater – TITW PENDDU – Breeding resident, unusual on the islands Although basically a sedentary species, the coal tit is prone to irruptive/eruptive behaviour following particularly good breeding seasons.  In such years, they are often seen along the open coast, and even reach the offshore islands, usually in October. During a large irruption of tits […]

Coal Tit – 2012 Irish race

Parus ater hibernans On 22 October in the Blackthorn scrub above the Youth Hostel at St Davids , a Coal Tit was observed by M Young-Powell, showing the lemon yellow cheeks and yellowish underparts of the Irish race ‘hibernans’. It turned out that a similar bird had been trapped and Photographed on Bardsey in 2006. The […]

Coal Tit – 2003-07 breeding

Parus ater – TITW PENDDU – Breeding resident Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 78 70 Breeding probable 69 120 Breeding possible 52 19 No of tetrads occupied 199 (of 478) 209 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 41.6% 42.7% The county breeding population was estimated to lie in the range of 500–700 pairs […]

Coal Tit – 1994

Parus ater – TITW PENDDU – Breeding resident 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 78 Breeding probable 69 Breeding possible 52 No of tetrads occupied 199 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 41.6% Known to Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949) as a common resident, today the Coal Tit breeds throughout the woodlands of Pembrokeshire, being most numerous in the […]

Coal Tit – 1980s winter

Parus ater – TITW PENDDU – Breeding resident The BTO winter atlas showed that Coal Tit were present in most 10km squares during the winters of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. The darker the colour, the higher the relative total count for each 10km square.  The darkest blue represents over 18 birds in a day. Probably numerically under […]

Coal Tit – 1968-72 breeding

Red = breeding confirmed Orange = breeding probable Yellow = breeding possible More about the Coal Tit in Pembrokeshire

Coal Tit – 1894

Species account from the 1894 ‘Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands’ by Rev M A Mathew