Berry Head

Bright still morning on the headland and a small fall of birds, the highlight being a well marked continental Coal Tit that we watched for 35mins before it flew off high West. Other migrants: 6 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 4 Wheatear and off shore 6+ harbour porpoise. 

Continental Coal Tit Berry Head 5th April 2016 Bill Mc

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Continental Coal Tit (photo Bill Macdonald) note extensive black bib extending down onto chest sides, very slate blue-grey scapulars and mantle, lack of warm tones on underside, the crest on continental coal Tits seems to be more obvious but our own britannicus Coal tits can show this feature and although the very white cheeks are a feature of autumn Continental Coal tits at this time of year britannicus can show white cheeks and are often paler on underside!

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 10:04 am by Mike Langman in Bird News