Europe’s smallest bird arrives

Two goldcrests were spotted and heard in woods yesterday afternoon, indicating that autumn has arrived. Plymbridge’s habitat of broadleaf woodland with nearby conifers is perfect for the UK’s smallest songbird.

Goldcrests weigh around 5-6g and travel distances exceeding 1,000km. Last year a ringed goldcrest was recorded crossing the North Sea from Norway, to Lincolnshire in just two days. That’s 665km, from a bird 9cm long, with a 15cm wingspan!

They’ll often associate with foraging flocks of tits, nuthatches, and treecreepers. The goldcrest’s call is thin and high-pitched (listen to it here), and they spend most of their time in the tree canopy. (Photograph taken by Nigel Climpson)

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