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Old Friday 25th May 2018, 07:37   #1
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What species please

I am a new member visiting from New Zealand. I stay with family in East Sussex. On my last visit I photographed this bird and have never been sure what it is. The photo was taken as you can see on the 17th July 2016 in a woodland near Plumpton in East Sussex. I wondered about a female or young black redstart? would appreciate your help.
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Old Friday 25th May 2018, 07:46   #2
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I don't think it's a Black Redstart on general appearance, also the habitat and fact it's perched well inside the canopy of a shrub or tree is not typical to the general behaviour of the suggested species. My initial thought is perhaps a Garden Warbler.
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Old Friday 25th May 2018, 08:03   #3
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Hi Lynne and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

I moved your post to the ID forum, as I'm sure they'll put a name to your bird very quickly. Also, I've subscribed you to the thread so you can find it easily.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your time here with us. Sussex is such a beautiful county, isn't it... and New Zealand a beautiful country too, how I'd love to go there.
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Isn't it a female blackcap?
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On second view, yes. Mustn't drink so much caffeine first thing.
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Old Friday 25th May 2018, 09:22   #6
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Ditto to female Blackcap
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I second female Blackcap too.
With the Blackcap species, only the male's cap is black. The female's cap is brown. On this photo you can see the brown cap but its not showing too well.
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i think it's a juvenile (blackcap).
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Thanks Delia, - for your welcome and for moving my post to the correct area. I hope too, that you get to NZ one day ! regards, Lynne
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Thank you all for ID help :)
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Looks more like a whitethroat.....scrub that.....just looked on a bigger screen
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Looks more like a whitethroat.....scrub that.....just looked on a bigger screen

I'm sticking with female/juv Blackcap; no rufous on wings, and brown cap. It's in a willow, which is OK for either Blackcap or Whitethroat, but better for Blackcap


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i think it's a juvenile (blackcap).
Agreed, fresh plumage/pointy tail feathers

sex unidentifiable
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i think it's a juvenile (blackcap).
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Looking more carefully at the photo - it seems to me that maybe it has the "cute" look that we associate with "baby birds".
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