Birds seen on walk

Friday February 27th. I went for a walk on the 1066 Path towards Brede. I decided to wait, listen & look in the area of woodland beyond the pond. I heard a call I did not recognise. It was a Coal Tit.  This bird is a frequent but fleeting visitor to the garden bird feeder so having the opportunity to watch this acrobatic bird for several minutes was a treat.

I moved position as I could see movement in a conifer. It was a pair of Goldcrests. To my delight they flew into the shrub beside me. They were so close I could have touched them. There was another tiny bird in the conifer. This had a brilliant orangy/yellow Mohican style crest. Did I see a Firecrest? Were the other two birds Firecrests? I had never seen anything like this before.

In trying to follow the Goldcrests/Firecrest I also saw a couple of Treecreepers. I watched them work their way from the bottom of the tree to the top.

Later in the afternoon my husband & I were driving along Westfield Lane when we saw a Kestrel hovering in the field opposite the Wild Mushroom. Sightings of Kestrel once seemed quite commonplace but we both realised that recently this was not the case. A perfect end to a good day of birdwatching.


Thanks Libby. Regarding that brilliant orangy/yellow Mohican style crest, this sounds more like male Goldcrest courtship when the colourful crest is fully opened and displayed to the female, rather than a Firecrest. Here’s a photo off the internet of the male Goldcrest in full display (with belated thanks to Mick Vogel) –

Male Goldcrest display off internet



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  1. That Goldcrest shot is mine… 🙂

  2. Many thanks for getting in touch Mick. It’s a fantastic shot, and sorry not able to credit you with it til now (or ask permission – we normally do but didn’t have a name or contact details so far as I can remember). Hope it’s OK. Thanks, Ralph 🙂


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