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Bird ID, southern Alps

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Hi all,

I usually come here for help with American bird ID, but this time I have a European mystery bird 🙂
Location is Pokljuka Plateau in Julian Alps in Slovenia (south of Austria), Europe. 1300m above sea level (treeline is at 1800m). Habitat - mostly coniferous forest but this was taken on a path near a raised rog.
So we have orange legs, white underside, perhaps light yellow throat, black eye, perhaps black above eye.

The first photo has increased saturation/vibrance, the second one is the original.

My first ideas were Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) or maybe Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), but those are supposed to be colored below the eye?

Any ideas what this could be?




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Not an experienced European birder, but have a field guide in hand.

The beak is too short to be a treecreeper, also the way it is perched. I would say it is either a firecrest or a goldcrest, based on the bill, eye-ring, and moustachial? stripe. The red legs threw me off for a bit, but i'm guessing that is from the sunlight.

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