27 December 2016

Quiet end to Christmas..........


Crappy weather and a wife under the weather meant little birding..................


Just some of the common winter birds at Onuma.

Marsh (or Willow) Tits...............

This one was being bullied by another........I heard Marsh are dominant over Willow (I'm sure I read it somewhere). This one doesn't seem to have a glossy cap, has a big bib and a thick neck.


I don't know if these are the same individuals or not (there were 2 pairs, maybe 1 Willow and 1 Marsh?).


This one also seems to have a matte cap and chunky neck.


God only knows............

Other species were easier of course............



I hope I get one more visit up to the eagles before the year end...............

8 comments:

  1. You obviously had a white Christmas. I hope your wife if better and you can fit in another outing before New Year.

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    1. Thanks, she'll be OK soon enough I'm sure...........

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  2. You have more snow than we have here. After a couple of good dumps the mild weather has returned and most of it has gone. Whether Willow or Marsh we can all enjoy a nice pair of tits in any event!

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    1. Same here, not much snow on the ground yet.

      That's a pair of Great Tits you have there.............never fails to amuse.

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  3. I don't envy your separating Marsh and Willow. We don't have that problem any more as both species seem to have gone from most of Lancashire, and certainly in Fylde.

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    1. I saw some Willow Tits (I think) in South Ribble in the early 80's...............nothing since then in the NW.

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  4. Generally, I am in favour of splitting birds, but perhaps we could petition ornithologists to lump these Willow/Marsh beasts...

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