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Blue Tits on Ibiza

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« on: January 12, 2008, 11:08 AM »
An email I have received:

Would you be able to tell me which sub-species of Blue Tit are found on Ibiza?  Is it C c ogliastrae or does C c balearicus fly over that way?

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Peter
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2008, 20:22 PM »
According to the European & Spanish atlases and the 'Birds of the Balearics' Blue Tits aren't found on Ibiza, so the bird you saw must have been a vagrant.  Given the similarity of the races I doubt if you could confidently identify it to such a level without a good series of photos or very detailed notes,

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2008, 20:29 PM »
... or rather the bird Peter saw must have been a vagrant Blue Tit.  Although, without a any details and given the record comes from a NZ source (which may not be familiar with 'our' birds), I'm not sure Great Tit - which is found on Ibiza - can be definitively ruled out,

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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2008, 10:10 AM »
John, here's Peter's reply;

Hi Nick
 
Apologies for my delayed response.  Would you please thank John C. for his replies - seems I was lucky enough to see a vagrant!  (The sighting dates back to August 1983, some 18 months before I emigrated to New Zealand.  By the way, my notes say I saw a couple of Great Tits alongside the Blue Tit.)
 
Many thanks again
 
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