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I don't think there is really enough in the image to eliminate Marsh Tit. Did you hear it calling?
Thank you for your comment.I didn't hear this bird calling, it was to busy eating! according to my spotters guide the MARSH TIT has a shiney black cap, and the WILLOW TIT has a matt black cap, having never spotted either bird before and have nothing to compare with, how shiney is shiney? I shall endeavour to get a more conclusive photo.
Whether the black cap is shiny or matt is now considered an unreliable characteristic for separating these two tits. It seems that it can vary in both species depending on age, sex, and how dominant the individual is!
thanks for your help with this, I can now sleep at night! and also enjoy watching the little Marsh tit, now I know what it is.
its a definate Cheep chirp chirp chirp. plus some more inconclusive photos,
Lat/Lng: 51.7, -1.3
OS grid ref: SP4902