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A Colourful Unusual Song Bird in Bromsgrove?

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Old Saturday 10th October 2015, 11:51   #1
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A Colourful Unusual Song Bird in Bromsgrove?

Hello, my first post. I have very limited knowledge of birds but I do have an interest.

Yesterday mid morning I came across a beautiful colourful song bird perched on a tree top, whistling to the world.

It has an unusual appearance and melody and I wondered if anyone can help me identify it. I've checked online and in th ecouple of very comprehensive books I have and could find nothing like it at all. The closest I would say would be a tiny woodpecker in shape or perhaps a Nuthatch?

It was very small, with an upright appearance with straight neck, dark plumage, whitish head with a black stripe along its eye, longish beak and black beard? But what really stood out where two things, it's silvery, bluey/green shimmering breast (similar to a Kingfisher plumage) and the beautiful song. It was high pitched and lots of odd variations from whistling alternating melodies to low frequent clicks.

I had my phone with me so I've take a few VERY blurry pics but please remember it was a tint bird, sat on top of a very tall tree and a really bright day so the detail just wasn't going to happen. Hopefully someone can work it out as there are a few pointers, at one point it ruffled its feathers on top of its head and pulled its neck in as if on display.

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Old Saturday 10th October 2015, 11:59   #4
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I captured some bird song but it went a little quiet when I started filming, the audio came out clear though as it's a decent sony phone. If you listen carefully at the start you can get a bit of the clicking, just about, you will have to filter out the usual bird song in the background, not easy I know, but I think I captured a fair bit of this bird. It was more chirpy and melodic before I started recording which is a shame.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nickby.../in/datetaken/

I do wonder if this is the same bird that was here last year, I didn't ever see it but the song was incredible. Really varied, and seemed to have a signature melody which I can clearly describe, if you listen to "Always Something There To Remind Me" by Sandie Shaw, just those words/melody in that song, that was able to mimic the melody over and again.

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Old Saturday 10th October 2015, 12:34   #5
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Old Saturday 10th October 2015, 12:35   #6
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Thanks Brian. Ah well lol
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