Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Goldcrest a beautiful little bird to see.......... the smallest bird in Europe

This was not my intended post for World Bird Wednesday.... but I had to share this lovely little bird.

I have just returned home from today's walk and it's been fantastic.
Just a wander around my usual patch making the most of our very mild holiday weather.
A few hundred yards into my walk I bumped into a couple I hadn't seen in years and had a lovely few minutes having a chat.
 The path from the car park runs alongside Witton Brook.. to the left.
Witton Brook was the saviour of Haydn's Pool... water was pumped up (40ft +) to refill it after our Winter/Spring/Summer 2011 drought.
I went to have a look at Haydn's now defrosted pool... refilled and looking great.

These images are of the Sand Martin bank.... they nested in it for the first time this year.
The first image was taken on the 5th of July... it's wonderful to see what a bit of water can do!
Goldcrest (Regfulus regulus).
I was heading home with just a few images when I spotted a pair of Goldcrests.
The smallest bird in Europe along with the Firecrest.


 I have seen them before but not at Haydn's Pool and these are my first ever images... my day was complete... it's back to work tomorrow :-(

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37 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

they are so cute! remind me of our ruby-crowned kinglet here in the States.

Mike Mottram said...

Looks like a Firecrest

Andrew said...

They are Goldcrests Mike... Firecrest have a dark eye stripe.

Gary said...

Stunning bird!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Mike Mottram said...

Okay it's just that red on the crest.

holdingmoments said...

Well done with the Goldcrest pictures Andrew. They don't keep still for too long do they.

Bob Bushell said...

You know what, I haven't got a Goldcrest in my portfolio. I keep on trying. A beautiful blog Andrew.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Andrew these little birds are just awesome, the smallest bird we have here in Canada is the Hummingbird, the next smallest is the wren. The Gold and Firecrest are beautiful. Happy New Year.

grammie g said...

Hi Andrew....Lucky you ; }
Amazing amd adorable little things they are...love the flashy little caps on the head !!
Sorry about the work, but seems you had a pleasant time off !!
Grace xx

Rambling Woods said...

Ah it's always so nice when you get a happy surprise...lovely little birds Andrew...

joo said...

I don't think I've ever seen them. They are so lovely!

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful birds.
I've never seem them.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

Hi Andrew! I'm sure those goldcrests made your day special. You can head on in to work tomorrow with a feeling of elation somewhat. Your goal no doubt to find some interesting photographs and that you did achieve for sure. What a beautiful little bird it is.

eileeninmd said...

Andrew, your Goldcrest is adorable. Wonderful photos too. This bird looks a lot like the Golden Crowned Kinglet we see here. Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year.!

Arija said...

The goldcrest really is a spectacular little chap. Great shots Andrew, I can feel how chuffed you were and rightly so.

Jeanne said...

Great shots of these birds, and see that you have many more. Just lovely!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Andrew -- what a perfect end to your Christmas weekend. That bird is just charming absolutely.

Fábio Martins said...

The bird is like a small ball but is very cute :) nice regist

Pat said...

How exciting to photograph them for the first time! They are beautiful little birds and I'll bet they flit about quite a bit!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Pretty little guy. He looks of the nervous type and if so, good capture.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a sweet little one! Around here we have a little Ruby Crowned Kinglet, that is much a wee bird such as this~

mick said...

The Goldcrests are beautiful and great scenic photos of the Brook and Pool.

MikeyBoy50 said...

I really love those goldcrests pics, Andrew.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I know zero about birds. But I do know that he's a charming fellow.

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous colors on the head! Congrats on the photos, Andrew! Well done!

NicoleB said...

I am so totally NOT envious AT ALL!
:-D
Gorgeous little bird and Lucky you to get such lovely shots!

ADRIAN said...

A wonderful find. Well captured. quick little things.

The Herald said...

Wow! What a great find to end your Christmas holiday with Andrew, and they stayed around long enough for you to get some pictures, excellent!!...[;o)

NatureFootstep said...

this is such a lovely bird. Where I live I have only seen it once. And it was sooo fast I hardly got any shot at all. Love yours. :)

Gardener in the Distance said...

Your new header is really beautiful Andrew.

John said...

Lovely photos Andrew!
I have heard tell of Goldcrests being caught in spider webs as they are so small and light, whether this is true or not, I don`t know. I do know however that these photos are lovely and hopefully that sand martin bank will be full come summer!
J
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Nature Rambles said...

What lovely birds! Those crests are beautiful!

JM said...

It's so beautiful! Great pics.

don said...

A fine series and great shots of this tiny bird. It must have been very pleasing to get some close up of this little bird.

Marianne, aka Ranger Anna said...

Wonderful post, as always! I might have to buy myself a European bird book, so I can keep up with your bird list!

Springman said...

Excellent bird! I'm lovin' the Goldcrest. Your getting some great sightings!
Happy New Year!

Pantherka said...

Great shots, wonderful!