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Thread subject: Anne UK
Name Date Message
Anne 05/06/10 10:28 am Hi Anne, I have just seen your posting about the mystery tit at LOL. I couldent see the breast of the bird but I could see the white patch at the back of the neck so I think it is a Coal tit. You dont get Marsh tits in Scotland and the only race of Willow tit that breeds in England and southern Scotland is the 'kleinschmidti' race which prefers damp woodland and carr. The 'borealis' race of Willow tit only breeds in the Western taiga forests of northern continental Europe and Fennoscandia.

I have just returned from a bird watching holiday in Estonia where we saw lots of 'borealis' Willow tits. Compared to the ones we see in the UK, they are very much greyer and whiter.
Anne UK1 05/06/10 01:14 pm Thanks Anne. I thought Coal Tit first, but then Willow Tit was suggested and I couldn't see the white on the back of the neck. Maybe I need some new glasses (actually I know I do - the last ones I had I couldn't get on with so the ones I'm wearing are very old and not really up to the job). That's my excuse anyway :))

It makes more sense - thanks for sorting that out. Estonia - wow. That's a trip and a half I should think, lucky you.
martyc35 05/06/10 01:16 pm Glad you two have sorted that one out. Also glad you were able to fly through volcano dust and return to the UK in time to vote, Anne. Will we have pictures from Estonia soon, I hope?
marty
Anne 05/10/10 12:29 pm I hope so Marty - there was a good photographer on the trip and he has promised to let me have some. Estonia was really interesting, being the last country in the Baltic before Russia. Phenomenal migration of birds that winter in Western Europe going along the coast towards Siberia. Also Eastern European birds that I had never seen before including Nutcracker.

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