NAME THESE BIRDS, PLEASE
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.