Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

Q I would ap­pre­ci­ate as­sis­tance in iden­ti­fy­ing the birds in the at­tached pho­to­graphs. My first re­ac­tion to the bird on the twig was that it was a ju­ve­nile Blue Tit, the body hav­ing a blue/ grey cast and some yel­low. How­ever, the beak is too thin and pointed like that of a finch. I think the bird on the ground is prob­a­bly a Meadow Pipit but I won­der if it is a Sky Lark, al­though a crest is not vis­i­ble. Peter Stock­ton, via email A You’re cor­rect in think­ing that the bill on the perched bird is wrong for a Blue Tit, ju­ve­nile or oth­er­wise. This is ac­tu­ally a rather tatty ex­am­ple of a Chif­fchaff, as ev­i­denced by the col­oration, and es­pe­cially by the ob­vi­ous pale eye­stripe. The other bird, is, as you sus­pected, a text­book ex­am­ple of a Meadow Pipit.

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