Coal Tit Variations

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Adam Tilt 0 Comments


Something that I didn't realise until very recently is that there are several different variations of the Coal Tit depending upon where the bird originates from. This year has seen a massive influx of birds from the continent which exhibit a blue grey back as opposed to the native olive brown of the British birds. My garden has been regularly visited for the last four months or so by two individuals that are of British origin. It has been quite interesting to watch them gain in confidence when visiting the garden from flitting in and out to lengthy visits in the presence of the larger finches. Whilst out at the WWT last week I had the chance to compare my birds with one of the continental variety. The colour difference on the back is quite pronounced, and it actually took me a few seconds to realise what I was looking at. In my opinion it was also bigger, but that could just be down to individual variation. Either way its worth keeping your eye out for more of these "immigrants".

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