Coal tit - Periparus ater
This is the only non-blurry picture I've been able to get of this bird, the Coal Tit - Periparus ater
, previously Parus ater
. The Wikipedia entry
suggests this species is closer to the American Chickadee that the other Titmice, I think that's why the genus name is different.
In the autumn and winter they go around with groups of Great Tits, but in the spring separate into their own pairs. They are very shy, they're also very quick - fly in, grab a seed or nut and fly off so quickly it's hard to follow them with the camera.
On this particular day it was raining hard, as I think you can see, and this one bird hung around for a moment on an Ash seedling we hadn't got round to uprooting.
The bird is very
similar to the Great Tit, but is smaller.
Down the centre of the back of the Coal Tit's head is a white strip - the Great Tit's head is all black.
The Coal Tit's yellow feathers are never quite as bright or as smart as the Great Tit. Same with the white, they always looks slightly grubby which is I suppose how it got it's name.
Not the best of pictures, included in my blog for reference only..
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