In reply to cigaline:
Nice to hear about the Blackcaps in your garden Cigaline. All juveniles (before they gain their adult feathers) will resemble the female of the species, a bit like Bullfinches. This is a newly fledged Blackcap I came across at the beginning of August, a few years ago (on a Derbyshire Walk) ….. as you can see it has a brown cap to the head and resembles the female Blackcap (it could have been male or female).
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In reply to Dave - CH:
In reply to HAZY:
Morning cigaline, I've been reading up more about the juvenile Blackcap and seems you may be able to distinguish the sexes on juveniles although I don't know if this is possible immediately after fledging the nest or maybe a week or so later. This is what I read "Juveniles are similar to the adult female, except the juvenile males have black-brown cap and the juvenile female a yellow-brown cap". I'm now looking back at my photos and thinking is this perhaps a male as it looks more black-brown on the cap … then again I'd need the help from an expert !!
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