|Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus)|
While capturing the Treecreeper images a couple of weeks ago I also saw Goldcrests (Regulus regulus) our smallest bird in the UK at just 9cm.
I attempted to get a presentable image of this lovely little bird but because they are so small the cameras AF just kept focusing on the leaves of the holly bushes rather than my intended subjects.
One particular bird though caught my attention with his crown being a different shade than the others I had been watching.... was it a Firecrest? ....a rarity in my part of the world and a life bird for me.
I uploaded my poor record shots onto Birdforum for identification and it has been confirmed as a Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus) by people with a lot more knowledge than me. I have even been asked to send my sighting into the county recorder as they are scarce in the north of England.
I have added a couple of drawings of these beautiful birds (not mine) so you can compare them side by side.