Goldcrest photographed through hawthorn leaves Derbyshire, Peak District National Park. The goldcrest is the UK’s smallest bird, along with the rarely seen firecrest. Despite their tiny size they are full of character and are often seen singing with their distinctive crest raised.
About The Goldcrest:
“Goldcrests vie with their cousins, firecrests, for the title of the UK’s smallest songbird. Odd then, that such a tiny bird chooses to build its nest at the top of some of the tallest trees. Look out for the striking crest colour – orange in males and yellow in females – on this occasional garden visitor. These days, it’s hard to imagine a conifer forest or plantation that isn’t full of goldcrests, but it’s not always the case. Harsh winter weather takes a heavy toll and populations can suffer some pretty drastic losses. There are reasons to be optimistic though, as levels can quickly recover in milder times.”
Read more at – http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Goldcrest
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