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Bird ID please

Does anybody know what bird this is please?

It is a recent visitor to my bird feeder, never seen them before but it has suddenly started making regular visits. Picture is awful as I was shooting from inside with the low sun streaming into the patio windows but hopefully enough detail to ID this bird.

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Re: Bird ID please

It looks like a male Blackcap to me. You are lucky to have one over-wintering.

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Re: Bird ID please

I would go with the blackcap. We usually get them at this time☺
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Re: Bird ID please

Many thanks for the ID Olybirder and Wee man.

Not heard of a black cap before so that's a new one for me. He pays a visit each day around the same time and always sits in the shrubs at the end of the garden and sings a thank you song after having had his fill.

This RSPB web site has some interesting info on Blackcap's in Winter.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoveranden...ap/winter.aspx

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If you see a blackcap during winter, please add details of your sighting to Birdtrack, a BTO, RSPB and Birdwatch Ireland project. By collecting information about where birds are when, we can learn more about their changing behaviour and populations
So I will go find Birdtrack and add my sighting.
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Re: Bird ID please

Well I just heard him singing so managed to rush downstairs and take another photo. A bit better this time without the sun shining into the lens.

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Re: Bird ID please

There seems to be more every winter. My parents had at least three different birds in their garden last winter.
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Re: Bird ID please

Male blackcap?
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Re: Bird ID please

I had a rather unfortunate opportunity to get close-ups of one:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/top...?nc=1#12743694

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Re: Bird ID please

Yes we have one overwintering in the garden most years, ver aggressive and chases most other small birds from the feeders!

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