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Webmaster Posted 27-Feb-2018 12:03
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On behalf of Martin who sent in an email:-

Hello, I live in Surrey near Box Hill, twice in the last week I have seen a bird in the garden which I cannot recognize. Can you help. 

It is a little smaller than a Robin, but it has a completely white ( light cream) head. It hops around and like to climb up the shed wall picking things out of the cracks. It has not been here for long enough to get a photo sadly. 

I have been on many web sites and cannot find it in any identification guides, can you help at all..? 

Thanks and best wishes Martin

 
Karmann65 Posted 27-Feb-2018 13:05
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Hi Martin

Can you give any idea as to the colour or markings on this mystery birds body? Would you say it had a long or short tail? Did it fly about in short, fast movements? Any extra little details might help with an identification.

Regards

Brian

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Coxwalker Posted 27-Feb-2018 13:59
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Hi Brian,
there were no other clear markings on the bird, the body was a solid fairly dark tan and the white /light cream of it's head was, as it were from the neck up, not like a skull cap. It's tail was a medium length, ie not noticeably long or short, and it flew in short bursts, hopping along a lot, I didn't see it in full flight as it hopped away over the shed roof. I have seen it twice now. Quite unusual. It was hanging around near the bird feeder which is mostly visited by five brave male robins, a family of at least seven long tailed tits and the usual mix of great, blue and coal tits. It didn't go to the feeder however. Hope this is useful, I will try and get a photo if it returns.
Very best
Martin

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Karmann65 Posted 27-Feb-2018 15:27
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I can't come up with anything definitive....but, and this keeps being suggested on here. Maybe you've spotted another of natures oddities, a leucistic bird. Possibly a Sparrow?? It's not unknown.

Perhaps someone else will chime in with a better suggestion.

Please post again if you do ever manage to get  apicture.

ATB

Brian

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