Has anyone ever seen a Great Tit with an orange cap on it’s head?

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Hi, first time posting. I have a pair of Great Tits that come together onto my feeder. One has the regular all black head but the other has a very bright burnt orange coloured cap on it’s head, is this unusual as I’ve never seen it before? I’ve done some research online and can’t find any information that this is a colour variation. I even started to doubt it is a Great Tit! Though I’m fairly sure it is. I’ve spent ages trying to get a photo of it but failed. Then I’ve just managed to video it, though it’s not great quality I’m afraid. 

**added...I’ve realised the video is squashed and shows nothing so have paused it and screen shotted, hopefully that will show up clearly enough.

Many thanks in advance of any help.

  • Hi Sharon welcome to the community.
    Birds with Orange/red on it's head usually means it is pollen on it, but I could be wrong.

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  • Oooh really, thank you. It’s been coming for weeks and always looks the same though, if it were pollen you’d think it would vary?
  • It could be something else then Sharon hopefully one of the others may have an idea.

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  • SharonT-1837351877 said:
    I even started to doubt it is a Great Tit!

    CHOL:):)  always interesting when we notice something different with our garden visitors.

    Tend to agree with Alan, or could it possibly be one of the Finch family?

     

  • Thanks for replies. I’m reasonably good at identifying most birds as was brought up watching/appreciating/feeding them (I’m 50 now!) and it’s mate is definitely a Great Tit. Everything else about it is Great Tit markings except the head. Definitely not a finch.
    That feeder is only about 2m from where I’m sitting so I get a pretty good look at it, just can’t flipping catch it on a decent photo! :D
  • In reply to Alan.:

    That was my first thought Alan, saw a Starling with similar colour on its head last week.

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    Tony

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  • Hi Tony, thanks for your input. It’s been coming daily for weeks though and always looks the same. Would it not vary if it was something like pollen? I’m only about 2m away from it when it’s on the feeders so do get a good look at it.
  • Has anyone in your area painted their house orange :) could have bumped its head on it :)

    Jim

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  • In reply to James:

    Haha! Maybe Orange is the New Black!
    ;D
  • In reply to SharonT-1837351877:

    Hi Sharon, when I saw your post my first thought was that it was pollen but I agree with you that it seems unlikely that it would last very long. I'm not sure that Jim's suggestion of a Great Tit head butting wet orange paint was entirely serious . LOL

    I can only suggest that you submit your sighting to the BTO as part of their abnormal plumage survey to see what they have to say. Here's the link Abnormal Plumage Survey

    PS Just to show it can happen, this is a juvenile Starling which had been dipping its head in these flowers (can't remember what they were called). Pretty cool eh.

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    Regards,Tony

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