10th January 2018

It is always such a treat to see our smallest native bird in the garden and today the Goldcrest, an insect-eater and therefore a bird which struggles to survive harsh winters, was showing a newer behaviour. It was eating some of the fat left out on bird feeders by us and our neighbours. The more they can eat fat from bird feeders, to supplement scarce insects the more, I imagine, these tiny, fragile birds have a chance of getting through winters- and the more chance we have of really close, clear views rather than the usual snatched views as they flit among branches rapidly gathering their tiny prey. Conditions: Cloudy, with some rain. Temperature: Max 7- Min 4C.

Goldcrest

Goldcrest- when its crest isn’t visible it appears as an olive-green, pale little mouse-like bird

Goldcrest

Goldcrest- the bolt-head visible gives an idea of the Goldcrest’s size

Goldcrest

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