A special thanks to our latest guests who due to their expert observations and knowledge pointed out an RSPB “amber” status visitor to the hill. The Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus) has been spotted a number of times over the last week, this energetic chap has been seen joisting with his own reflection on a number of windows in the early morning! This allowed the viewer to see him raise his red fiery crest up close and what a site! a bird with such beautiful colouring. If you want a little more technical information please follow the link below to the RSPB’s website and all will be revealed.
It appears that both the Goldcrest ( see our diary entry of April 6th, 2010, small but beautiful! ) and Firecrest are direct competitors for Britain’s smallest bird so it is fabulous to have them both at the hill, they like differing habitats so I presume there will be enough to go around for all!
A special thanks to Portlandbill Observatory for the top image, and to Ron (Dad) for the three images below, shot from his bedroom window circa 6am!
May 3rd, 2010