Goldcrest stalking.

For quite sometime now we ve noticed a pair of Goldcrests visiting a sycamore tree in our garden , often with Long tailed tits.

Their visits have mainly been toward dusk when light levels very low and most of my previous attempts to capture them have been poor to say the least.

Noticed that they seemed to be insect hunting so mixed some insect bird food with lard and smeared it into tree crevices.

Took a few days to find it but now they are visiting more frequently.Only have a compact camera so needed to get increasingly close if waited long enough brrrr .. they ignored my presence.

Sorry for excitement but taken about a week to get some photos of this tiny charming bird that would be good enough to share.

And finally it at last appeared to tilt his head obligingly for one decent image of that famous Goldcrest.I say he as the male has a red streak running through the crest , which not present in the female.


28 Dec, 2010
littlewren said:

oh you lucky thing.......well worth your effort....and thanks for sharing this little chap with us.

28 Dec, 2010
donna said:

Wow They are great I bet you spent ages trying to get those photos thank you

28 Dec, 2010
stickitoffee said:

they are fabulous pictures ~ very well done you!
what lovely little birds they are!

28 Dec, 2010
bonkersbon said:

Thank you for kind comments LW , Donna and ST fiesty little birds as bad as Robins when it comes to territory .Yes Donna about a week eventually got used to me standing there ( probably thought I was a snowman ) and some only a few feet from ...hurrah lol

28 Dec, 2010
lincslass said:

You must have the patience of Joab, which is lucky for me as I have never seen this little bird, fantastic and many thanks..

28 Dec, 2010
aster said:

Lovely to see these little beauties BB,and so kind of him to take a bow :) He obviously knew he had an appreciative audience - and not just yourself lol :))

28 Dec, 2010
muddywalters said:

Congratulations BB on a job well done with such excellent results (for him, you and us)

28 Dec, 2010
bonkersbon said:

Thanks Lincslass ..could hear them but hard to see esp when getting dark once knew they were visiting regularly no real patience required as such a thrill to see them.

Thanks Aster ..fascinated by their size and their resilience tiny but tough.

Thanks Muddy makes up for the rotten weather and might not have seen them if milder so every cloud ..

29 Dec, 2010
deida said:

Thanks for sharing BB..what a lovely have taken some beautiful photos..

29 Dec, 2010
bonkersbon said:

Thank you Deida..amazing little birds.

5 Jan, 2011
ray said:

Sorry BB don't think I can add to these comments, only to say your a very lucky man to have them near and your patience has been very well rewarded, super.

5 Jan, 2011
janette said:

Wow love this blog Ray ...what a right little beauty I would love to see a Goldcrest ...thanks for sharing all your lovely photos .....

5 Jan, 2011
bonkersbon said:

Thank you both Ray and Janette..just hope they get through this harsh winter we are having.......

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