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Coal Tit

Observed: 27th December 2011 By: ophrys
Yorkshire Naturalists' Union
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Description:

In contrast to Blue Tits, Coal Tits seem to have had a good breeding season, locally, this year. Most of those which I am catching are young birds. They are very similar to adults; but, in the hand, the juvenile olivey-edged wing coverts contrast with the grey-edged adult feathers. This bird, after its post-juvenile moult, has retained three of its old, juvenile greater coverts (the outer ones). Not easy to see in the field!!

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Comments

Fenwickfield's picture

good information

Will now be watching mine on the feeders to see if I can tell the difference.

Fenwickfield

Turnstone's picture

Very informative

Also nice to see some good pictures, so we can properly observe what you're describing. This stuff is almost impossible to see in the field; and standing by your feeders with a magnifying glass tends to discourage the birds :)