Saturday, 20 January 2018

Firecrest - a winter gem

20th January 2018

The year continues on the slow side. Main focus of attention for me has been the usual local walks and the River Anker at Woodford Lane. The overhanging bushes, fallen trees and frost free river produces blooms of insects which in turn encourage a host of small birds during freezing conditions, including Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, Wrens and after several years of looking - a Firecrest. After the initial sighting, the bird proved extremely elusive and it wasn't until my eighth or so visit that the bird showed really well. Now we start to look for another Dipper !!

Firecrest, Hartshill S.W.




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