The Wet Woodland Bird Survey
Goldcrest Regulus regulus
||The smallest British bird, tiny but decidedly rotund, with a shortish
tail. The crown has a distinctive golden-orange blaze, bordered by black. The face is
plain with large dark eye. The back is olive-green, the wings black with a white wingbar.
The underparts are buffy white. The juvenile lacks the golden blaze on the crown. The
birds are ever-active and flick their wings continuously during a non-stop search for food
among trees. Size: 8.5-9cm tall
||High-pitched zi-zi-zi-zi. repeated. The song is similar but
ending in a flourish.
||Gardens, heaths and woods.
||Insects and spiders.
||7-10 eggs in a cup-like nest high in trees. Incubation takes 14-17
days and fledging takes 16-21 days.
2 broods; April-May.
|Location in Wet Woodland
||Seen in the stony area and the bluebell area. These areas contain
many trees to feed on. It was mainly observed feeding with mixed flocks of tits,
nuthatches and treecreepers.