Great Tit – 2003-07 breeding

Parus major – TITW MAWR – Breeding resident

Comparison with previous atlas:

1984-882003-07
Breeding confirmed225260
Breeding probable114131
Breeding possible4830
No of tetrads occupied387 (of 478)421 (of 490)
Percentage of tetrads81%85.9%

It was estimated that there were 13,500 pairs breeding in the county at the end of the survey of 1984-88, based on an estimated average density of 35 pairs per tetrad. The 1988-91 National Atlas calculated an average density of about 26 pairs per tetrad and their abundance map showed Pembrokeshire holding about average abundance. This suggests the county population was about 10,100 pairs at that time.

The Pembrokeshire survey of 2003-07 showed a 9% increase in distribution and the BBS showed a 34% increase in numbers for Wales. Applying these findings indicates there were about 14,700 pairs breeding in Pembrokeshire at the end of 2007.

As with the Blue Tit, increased winters survival in response to widespread garden feeding will have contributed to the increase in the breeding population.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports, which may contain more detail than shown here.

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Great Tit – 1994

Parus major – TITW MAWR – Breeding resident

1984-88
Breeding confirmed225
Breeding probable114
Breeding possible48
No of tetrads occupied387 (of 478)
Percentage of tetrads81%

A common resident since at least Mathew’s (1894) time, Great Tits breed throughout Pembrokeshire, being absent only from the bare mountain tops and the offshore islands, with the exception of Caldey. Census work from Dyfed Wildlife Trust reserves suggests that a density of 35 pairs per tetrad would be a reasonably good average across the county, which means the total breeding population is probably about 13,500 pairs.

They are eruptive in some autumns and are found on exposed headlands and reach some of the offshore islands, though in smaller numbers than Blue or Coal Tits.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

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Great Tit – 1980s winter

Parus major – TITW MAWR – Breeding resident

The BTO winter atlas showed that Great Tits were recorded 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 38 birds recorded per day.

Data collected by volunteers for the BTO. Lack, P. 1986 Atlas of wintering birds in Britain and Ireland. T & A.D. Poyser.

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Great Tit – 1894

Parus major – A common resident.

In cold weather in the winter, by hanging large lumps of suet by a string in front of our dining-room window, we used to provide food for the Tits, and great entertainment to ourselves in watching their lively gestures. There would be often three or four of them on the string at once, either sliding down towards the food, or waiting their turn to feast on it, and the restless little birds would be constantly coming and going throughout the day. Directly the suet was finished they would tap at the window to inform us that more was required; and, at the beginning of the winter they would even come and peck and flutter against the glass to let us know that, in their opinion, the time was come for us to hang out the expected food as usual.

The Great Tit, the Blue Tit, and the Coal Tit, were all daily visitors as long as our relief was extended to them. The Marsh Tits never once came to the suet, although there were plenty of them in the shrubberies close at hand. We used to find numerous nests of all the common English Tits in our garden; the Great Tit, the Blue Tit, and the Coal Tit always building in holes in walls, while the Marsh Tit preferred a hole in a tree.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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Parus major – TITW MAWR – Breeding resident

Great Tit – 2003-07 breeding

Parus major – TITW MAWR – Breeding resident Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 225 260 Breeding probable 114 131 Breeding possible 48 30 No of tetrads occupied 387 (of 478) 421 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 81% 85.9% It was estimated that there were 13,500 pairs breeding in the county at the […]

Great Tit – 1994

Parus major – TITW MAWR – Breeding resident 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 225 Breeding probable 114 Breeding possible 48 No of tetrads occupied 387 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 81% A common resident since at least Mathew’s (1894) time, Great Tits breed throughout Pembrokeshire, being absent only from the bare mountain tops and the offshore islands, […]

Great Tit – 1980s winter

Parus major – TITW MAWR – Breeding resident The BTO winter atlas showed that Great Tits were recorded 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 38 birds recorded per day. More about the […]

Great Tit – 1894

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