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purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,231
I've just seen my first ever goldcrest!!!!🥳
Female in the hawthorn tree, never would have seen it if I didn't have my new binoculars the hubby got me for Christmas. 😁😁😁😁😁
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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,937
    Lovely!
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,109
    I haven’t seen one for a while here. They used to nest in the cupressus hedge. I still have one of their tiny nests. Lots of feathers and lichen and spider silk but as tough as steel.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,121
    People are always quick to dismiss conifers as having no benefit to wildlife, but they are a favourite haunt of goldcrests.
    We get them regularly here, although you don't see them as often as other birds - they're quite secretive. 
    Lovely wee things  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • I once watched a Goldcrest just a few feet away from me in my garden. It was repeatedly flying into a swarm of midges then returning to its perch.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,231
    In the past my binoculars weren't strong enough, so I was probably thinking they were blue tits hopping around the branches. It's hard when things are 10 foot up and back lit to tell.😁
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,202
    That's it @purplerallim! I keep telling them to stay still while I get a good look but they never listen....
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,231
    😆 @Posy
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,601
    How lovely! They are quite rare here so have never seen one. I agree about conifers, they do have value. Gold Finches nest in our Cupressus and Blackbirds and Thrushes in the Leylandii.
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,973
    A few years ago we stayed near an RSPB centre in the peak district & I treated myself to a decent pair of binoculars. What a difference they make 🙂
    AB Still learning

  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,287
    Fairygirl said:
    People are always quick to dismiss conifers as having no benefit to wildlife, but they are a favourite haunt of goldcrests.
    Lovely wee things  :)
    Partly why we have not got rid of our.... gasp, shock, horror...Leylandii yet.

    In the past my binoculars weren't strong enough, so I was probably thinking they were blue tits hopping around the branches. It's hard when things are 10 foot up and back lit to tell.😁
    We think the same sometimes, you see something hanging upside down doing acrobatics. Congrats on your first sighting.
     
    But you can't miss  hear them once you know what they sound like, they seem to make quite a racket when flying around. Small noise but fairly noticeable if your hearing is okay :D

    @pansyface lovely photo with the 50p for reference.
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