ZoeR's picture

Spotted in the garden, looks like a great tit with a black head...any ideas?

Observed: 26th December 2010 By: ZoeR
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Description:

Spotted in the garden, looks like a great tit with a black head...any ideas?
feeding from a hanging table and seed feeder, takes the seeds back to tree and eats them there.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Fenwickfield's picture

would say

I would say it is a Great Tit but unusual head pattern, I once had a Blackbird with a white head.

Fenwickfield

anonymous spotter's picture

I'd agree with that -

It looks very striking with that all-black head, too.

bobthebirder's picture

great tit

What an amazing bird!

Bob Ford

bobthebirder's picture

great tit

Just found this post in Birdforum from 2003 involving a similar bird - also in the Woking area!
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=10126

Bob Ford

bobthebirder's picture

more aberrant tits

And also this one from Nottingham in 2006, this time with a photo.
http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forums/british-birds/6009-black-hooded...

Bob Ford

brianhills's picture

Melanistic Geat Tit

The reported location of this bird and my own observation in September 2013 are less than 1km apart.