|Firecrest. I've often seen them like this. The crown stripe is attractive.|
|Firecrest. When they turn their head, the crown stripe is very obvious.|
|Firecrest. Sometimes you get a 'mohican' flash.|
|Rarely do you get a 'brain surgery' display like this. Now I know why they're called Firecrest.|
Firecrests are almost Britain's smallest bird. They weigh a mere 5-7 grams and are about 9cm long. Constantly moving, they are often difficult to see as they flit restlessly from branch to branch.
The last of the blossom makes a lovely background for this Goldfinch.
And Britain's smallest bird? - Not the Wren. It's the Goldcrest, which is slightly smaller than, and a cousin of, the Firecrest.