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Oh, Kate, i hope you have a pair there and can catch site of the babies in the spring. We have them in the Bristol Botanic Garden and the babies are like bumblebees in size. Although the adults love the tops of the conifes, the babies like to buzz around the yew hedges. And buzz they do - they are really fast but the mother is always nearby keeping an eye on them. I just love them and how does such a tiny bird have such a loud song? Happy Xmas.
Thanks for all your comments! I really hope I catch sight of them again. Merry Christmas to you all and a very Happy New Year.
Kate x x
While attending a wedding reception in August at the Ulster Folk Museum, N. Ireland something fluttered by. Several guests stopped to stare. I intially thought it was a butterfly but as it landed on the deep windowsill of the building, I could clearly see it was a young Goldcrest - delightful!
I have them in my own garden in Essex - suburban. I can usually hear them in the summer but not see any but at this time of year I can see them in the hawthorn hedge or holly tree looking for food. I have yet to get a photo as they move so fast!
I ussually see Goldcrest every winter but not this year. Someone told me that 1,000s
[maybe millions] of birds perished flying the channel to UK in a major storm baqck in the autumn. They were landing on boats, trawlers, etc, resting and then taking off again.
I am in awe of small birds flying so far anyway, they would certainly not have a chance in really bad weather.
I have not seen the usual wrens either.
The Bird Count will be intresting this winter and not in a good way!