Last week I was just closing the gate into the veg garden when a small bird flew past me and into the hazel tree next to me. By it's diminutive size I immediately thought it was a wren, which are very common in Normandy but in fact it was not a wren. It was an even smaller bird and one I have not knowingly seen in almost 20 years. It was a Goldcrest.
Goldcrest and it's cousin the Firecrest are the two smallest birds in both France and the UK. I have never seen a Firecrest but many years ago Simon and I saw a Goldcrest. We were out walking our then Labrador and a Goldcest flew into a small bush just an arms length away from us and seemed totally unperturbed by our presence. Unfortunately it was more worried by our lumbering Labrador (she was called Lady but was no delicate creature!) and whilst we had stopped, she saw no reason to and as she trundled past the bush the little bird flew away.
Fast forward nearly 20 years and another Goldcrest settled in a tree, almost close enough to me to touch. Of course I had no camera to hand and suspect it would have flown off sooner had I tried to reach for one. So I just held my breath and admired it's tiny beauty for the few seconds it remained there.
If you have never seen either of these birds (Firecrests are in fact quite rare in the UK) then do have a look at this video from the British Trust for Ornithology
|Goldcrest - Image from Wikipedia|
Goldcrest :-Latin name - Regulus regulus
Firecrest :-Latin name - Regulus ignicapilla
Have you ever seen either a Firecrest or a Goldcrest? I hope I don't have to wait 20 years to see another one.