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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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09 March, 2015

Coal Tit: boarder and hoarder | Nature Notes from Dorset

I am not sure whether I was surprised to see that the coal tit (Parus ater) was number 15 in the top garden birds list or not. They are certainly a regular visitor to our garden but we live quite close to Wareham Forest where they are very common amongst the coniferous woodland, I rarely see them seem to see them in any other habitat.
They are very active little birds that do not stay around long; in and out for a quick raid on the seed normally but this one paused long enough for me to get a snap and, obligingly, he turned his head to one side to show the diagnostic white stripe down the back.

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