Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at http://www.alandalton.net/
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at alandltn@gmail.com

Friday, February 25, 2011

Identification of Willow Tit/Marsh tit; Faboda Gård; 24th Febuary 2011

A Marsh Tit. A typical individual. Note the relatively concolorous upperwing. This shot shows the bib very well indeed, larger than Willow Tit and anything but petite and tidy. The bib is ill defined and extends onto the lower throat and upper breast. Compare with the bird pictured below...


Willow Tit; Note the structure, a large headed and bull necked bird. These bird excavate their omn nestholes on the soft wood of dead birch trees...



The pale wing panel can be seen here, one of the major identifying features of the species. The bird appeared very pallid in general this birds underparts are rather clean. Scandinavian birds average slightly larger and paler than continental birds...



A very good shot of the bib. Small and petit, well defined at it's edges. Note again the stout neck


Shortly after searching in vain for the Three Toed Woodpecker nearby I decided to head for the feeding station. A few minutes observation revealed a single Willow Tit was coming to feed along with a couple of Marsh Tits and I had great views of both, allowing comparison of these two very simular species. Oddly, the Willow tit was the only bird to call, a distinctive "Erz Erz Erz", which once heard is the easiest way of distinguishing from Marsh Tit. In contrast, Marsh Tit utters an explosive "PitChew".

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