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Is this, or is this not, a blackcap?!?

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Old Wednesday 17th May 2006, 14:32   #1
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Red face Is this, or is this not, a blackcap?!?

I'm not very good at identifying little brown jobs. I need the bird to sit there patiently while I leaf through my RSPB book. This one made a couple of fleeting appearances - it was very cautious and quick to get back into hiding so my pictures are rubbish. I thought it was a blackcap but it definitely had a black chin so now I'm not so sure. Any help would be appreciated!


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http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/4...ackcap28ig.jpg


Sorry if these pictures don't come out right...
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Old Wednesday 17th May 2006, 14:33   #2
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It's either a Marsh or Willow Tit. Hard to tell from the pictures but the head shape makes me think it's probably a Marsh Tit.
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Old Wednesday 17th May 2006, 14:51   #3
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Ah, that puts a different slant on things. I have since been told that willow tits have been seen there, so you're probably right.

Thanks Andrew (I'll try to get better pictures next time!)
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Old Wednesday 17th May 2006, 15:13   #4
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Definitely Marsh or Willow Tit - again I'd err on the side of Marsh from head shape.
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Agree, definitly not a blackcap
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looks like there is some gloss in the black crown which also favours marsh tit.
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I would say Marsh Tit too
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Old Thursday 18th May 2006, 08:53   #8
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It was at the feeding hide at Pennington Flash where I know willow tits are seen. I don't know whether marsh tits live round there too. Ah well, I know it's a tit anyway!
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I would go with either Marsh or Willow Tit, pics too blurry to see detail.
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Old Friday 19th May 2006, 12:36   #10
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It's virtually impossible to tell these two species apart! This one didn't make a sound (it mostly had a beak-full), so the location would be the only other guide I reckon. It was near a marsh which, strangely, would hint at a Willow Tit. Just to the right of the picture are some reeds then a lake.
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