12th October 2016

Firecrest, a bird I’d long to see, but thought I never would, this was one of three reported landing at Spurn Point last week– just washing itself a few feet away in a

Firecrest

Firecrest

Firecrest, aptly described by the RSPB as a 'tiny restless jewel'

Firecrest, aptly described by the RSPB as a ‘tiny restless jewel’

Firecrest washing at Spurn

Firecrest washing at Spurn

puddle there! Usually in bushes or high in trees, where our native birds nest (mostly in the SE but spreading), numbers rise from migration in winter. Similar size to Goldcrests but more olive, with this distinctive head pattern, I’d always thought Firecrests differed by having a more orange crest, but not so (compare with the last post of Goldcrest). In fact males of Gold- and Firecrests have more orange crests, which they can raise when agitated. Can be in mixed tit and Goldcrest groups- keep your eyes and ears peeled. Conditions: Cool and sunny, rain later. Temperature: Max 13- Min 9c.

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