Goldcrests are such delightful birds, for which I will always have a fondness. If not for the fiery orange stripe along its head, the Goldcrest would be a somewhat mute-looking bird, with nothing more than a dull greyish-green plumage with which to advertise its appearance. I took this photo during a ringing session on Penryn campus where they were caught and ringed under the correct licensing. On average, goldcrests are slightly lighter than the similarly diminutive, and closely related, firecrest. After a long absence during Lockdown I have decided to restart blogging, partially because I know … read more. 60 Second Zoology / 18.11.20 https://www.bto.org/.../bird-identification/videos/goldcrest-firecrest Winter in the UK brings with it some interesting migrant species, particularly the influx of Hawfinches earlier on in the winter, however my highlight of the winter in Cornwall was the increase in the numbers of Firecrests on campus. Registered User . Attached Thumbnails Monday 7th September 2020, 18:54 #2: RafaelMatias. Uk. Its much rarer cousin, the Firecrest, is found in similar habitats. Thread starter PINNACLE; Start date Nov 3, 2018; PINNACLE. Natureguides kindly provide species video clips for our bird identification videos. Winter in the UK brings with it some interesting migrant species, particularly the influx of Hawfinches earlier on in the winter, however my highlight of the winter in Cornwall was the increase in the numbers of Firecrests on campus. these birds are constantly flitting between branches in the canopy foraging for insects to maintain their condition in the cold months. Uk Thread Tools: Rate Thread: Monday 7th September 2020, 18:53 #1: Chilt. Location: Staffordshire. These gorgeous little birds are very similar to Goldcrests, but have much more vibrant and impressive plumage. Yes, your second thought was right, it's a Goldcrest. Being 100% insectivorous and absolutely tiny (between 5 and 7 grams!) Winter in the UK brings with it some interesting migrant species, particularly the influx of Hawfinches earlier on in the winter, however my highlight of the winter in Cornwall was the increase in the numbers of Firecrests on campus. In the photo, you can see a comparison between the two species; the Goldcrest seems a lot duller in comparison to the flashier Firecrest. They're dull greyish-green with a pale belly and a black and yellow stripe on their heads, which has an orange centre in males. The goldcrest is a tiny bird. Registered … Location: Staffordshire. It is similar in appearance to a warbler, with olive-green upper-parts, buff-white underparts, two white wing bars, and a plain face with conspicuous black irises. Firecrests were first recorded breeding in the UK in Hampshire in 1962, and are now found in coniferous forests throughout much of southern England. You are more likely to see a goldcrest in your garden and it makes a very high pitched seep-seep-seep call that sounds like a baby bird or even a mouse. Join Date: Feb 2012. Can you tell the two species apart? The firecrest is a tiny kinglet, closely related to the similarly patterned Goldcrest. As the title says? As the title says? Uk Thread Tools: Rate Thread: Monday 7th September 2020, 18:53 #1: Chilt. The Goldcrest is the smallest bird in the UK, just 9cm in length, and weighs approximately 5.5g, which is the equivalent of a twenty pence coin. Goldcrests are named after the crest of bright feathers in the middle of their head. Registered Charity Number 216652 (England & Wales), SC039193 (Scotland), © British Trust for Ornithology, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU, Tel: +44 (0)1842 750050 Fax: +44 (0)1842 750030. Although their plumage is duller and crest not as fiercely orange, they are still charming little beauties. The goldcrest is the smallest resident bird in Britain at around 9cm in length and the firecrest is only a little bit bigger at 10cm. Posts: 142 Firecrest or goldcrest? Nice photo of an attractive little bird. It has been a few months since the Young Ambassador team as we know it today came together, and … read more, Keeping busy during lockdown / 27.07.20 If you find yourself in the south west during the winter, listen for a sharp squeaking in the tops of trees which gives these tiny birds away. Thanks for any help Nick. In autumn and winter, numbers increase as … Firecrests were first recorded breeding in the UK in Hampshire in 1962, and are now found in coniferous forests throughout much of southern England. We need to find the surveyors of the future. This makes the species the UK’s smallest bird. These gorgeous little birds are very similar to Goldcrests, but have much more vibrant and impressive plumage. The goldcrest is the smallest European bird, 8.5–9.5 cm (3.3–3.7 in) in length, with a 13.5–15.5 cm (5.3–6.1 in) wingspan and a weight of 4.5–7.0 g (0.16–0.25 oz). If you haven’t seen the UK’s smallest bird in the wild yet, I urge you to make it your mission. Identifying Goldcrest and Firecrest The tiny Goldcrest, is a common year-round bird, found mainly in woodland and gardens. Countryside Wonders: Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire border. Phil Atkinson explains the technology behind tracking. I must admit I have neglected blogging over the last year or so. BTO's Head and Principal Ecologist, Gavin Siriwardena, explains how the urban landscape is affecting our wild bird populations. In this 60 second video I am going to talk about the avian respiratory system and the technique of … read more, Introducing the Young Ambassador Program! Tags: Goldcrest, Firecrest. To be honest I lost the motivation … read more, Shaftesbury School Wildlife Projects / 13.07.20 Tags: Goldcrest, Firecrest. conundrum is one I remember from when I first started birding, then I saw my first firecrest and thought what the hell are the books on about-they don,t look anything alike at all, other than they are both tiny (I like the description of goldcrest in stage make- up however). Registered … Attached Thumbnails Monday 7th September 2020, 18:54 #2: RafaelMatias. It was so engrossed in its foraging mission that it either ignored or was oblivious to the excited face watching eagerly on. The goldcrest is the smallest resident bird in Britain at around 9cm in length and the firecrest is only a little bit bigger at 10cm. Registered User . You are more likely to see a goldcrest in your garden and it makes a very high pitched seep-seep-seep call that sounds like a baby bird or even a mouse. With your help we can provide resources to educate, engage and empower. The firecrest is a tiny kinglet, closely related to the similarly patterned Goldcrest. Goldcrest/Firecrest ( Regulus [regulus or ignicapilla]) Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013): Goldcrest/Firecrest ( Regulus [regulus or ignicapilla]) Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014): Goldcrest/Firecrest ( Regulus [regulus or ignicapilla]) Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):