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I saw small birds in a flock of about 6 or 8.

Here are details that can be seen on my best photo - The beak looks pointed and also the legs are quite long and the eye has a bar across it.

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I have a recording - how do I share it??

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    $\begingroup$ The body shape and colour reminds me of a greenfinch (Chloris chloris). They also form flocks. However, the beak on your pictures doesn't look very 'finch-like'. Can you tell us anything about the beak shape, or do you have a picture, where it's better visible? $\endgroup$
    – Arsak
    Aug 6, 2018 at 14:20
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    $\begingroup$ the beak looks pointed and also the legs are quite long and the eye has a bar across it- $\endgroup$
    – Richard
    Aug 6, 2018 at 15:01
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe edit your question add these additional information there. Not everyone reads all the comments :) $\endgroup$
    – Arsak
    Aug 6, 2018 at 15:02
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    $\begingroup$ I also first thought of green finches, but they have a much stronger beak. $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Aug 6, 2018 at 15:57
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    $\begingroup$ @Remi.b Richard's comment about the pointed beak made me doubt. I'm still searching for a better fit. $\endgroup$
    – Arsak
    Aug 6, 2018 at 17:10

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With the new image it is still hard, but I think I identified the bird. I think this is a Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) which is pretty common in Europe.

The drawing from the Royal Bird Protection Society (source here) is pretty similar.

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Unfortunately, there are two pretty similar birds living in Ireland which can be confused with the Willow warbler. These are the Chiffchaff and the Wood warbler. Differences are small, the Chiffchaff has dark legs and a smaller eye stripe (both of which the bird in your image has not), while the wood warbler lives in woods and has a more yellow breast (and is also much more rare). The links provide audio files with the songs of each bird, this should help you making a final decision, as they are pretty distinct.

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  • $\begingroup$ In the US warblers typical travel in small loose flocks. $\endgroup$ Aug 12, 2018 at 14:53

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