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Marsh or Willow Tit - North Devon, UK yesterday (1 Viewer)

allmeownstuntz

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I'm guessing this is a juv but not sure if its Marsh or Willow. Fairly confiding but always mobile!
 

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Alexander Stöhr

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Hello,

I get a drab, worn gut feeling from your bird (although surely enhanced by (high iso?) picture quailty with "smeared details" (no offence, you know). So I think its an adult bird.

And its a Marsh Tit imo:
  • lack of any paler edges to secondaries and tertials, not to speak of a panel
  • pale spot on the bill, in the right place and shape I t think= the real deal and no artefact. There are other helpful threads here about this (thanks again)
  • gut feeling with a rounded, not so large head and a large black cap (in contrast, some Willow Tits have an ID friendly bulky, bull-necked head, others not)
 

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