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Have You Seen This Bird? 08 April 2015

We have a new visitor to our bird-stand. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

I happened to be watching when this fine fellow showed up, and my good camera was immediately behind me, so…

My best guess is that it's a juvenile pied wagtail. (Contrast/brightness slightly pushed.)

There was also what I think must be a fairly young bluetit:

The hatchlings can be quite drab, but that's definitely not an adult bird. Maybe from a late hatching last year?

  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 04:17pm on 08 April 2015

    Another option for the newcomer is a Long Tailed Tit.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 04:23pm on 08 April 2015

    Very plausibly, yes. They are apparently known round these parts, but I've never heard of them before.

  3. Posted by Dr Bob at 08:12pm on 08 April 2015

    It's definitely something in the tit family, so I'd vote for long-tailed tit too. The beak is too short to be a wagtail.

    We only see them round my way when it is really cold. Presumably they then brave the horrors of city life to find food...

  4. Posted by Owen Smith at 12:30am on 09 April 2015

    Having checked my 500 page book of brirds, it's an adult Long Tailed Tit.

  5. Posted by RogerBW at 09:15am on 09 April 2015

    Many thanks to both of you. These were taken last Friday, at the end of a relatively cold period here at least by the standards of late March/early April, though this last winter has been milder than most since I moved here.

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