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Marsh or Willow Tit, North Wales (1 Viewer)

djw0208

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Hi, could anyone be able to advise whether this is Marsh or Willow Tit from these poor photos? It was in an oak tree in North Wales. I keep trying to decide whether the bib is large or small, and whether it has a lighter wing bar or not, but to be honest, I can't really tell.

I think it sounded more like Marsh Tit than Willow Tit, but again, I'm not totally sure.

Thanks for your help.
 

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Alexander Stöhr

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Hello,
its a juvenile Coal Tit, fine hues, that might be present ,are lost in picture quality, I assume (some faint yellowish can be guessed at the cheeks). Please note:
  • narrow, triangular whitish cheek patch, your bird is ID-friendly in this
  • two wing-bars, worn off, but still present
  • white neck-patch can just be guessed. At first, it seems a halo caused by backlight, but it must be the real deal, because its a Coal Tit.

There was a similar bird here some weeks before
 
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