The firecrest is one of
’s smallest birds. Not as widespread as the very
similar goldcrest, firecrest breed in small numbers predominantly in southern
and eastern Britain and for this reason is listed on the Amber list of the Birds of
Conservation Concern. Areas of mixed coniferous and broadleaved woodland in England provides excellent breeding habitat and here the species is
flourishing. Thetford Forest
|The beautiful firecrest in Thetford Forest|
For the past couple of years we have been helping colleagues at the British Trust for Ornithology to colour ring firecrest in
. By colour ringing birds we hope to increase
sightings rates of individual in order to understand their movements, their use
of different habitats and recruitment to the population. Thetford Forest
|Male firecrest gets his bling...|
Spring is the best time to catch these birds as they have just arrived back in the forest, and spend long periods singing in order to establish and defend breeding territories. So this Sunday we headed in, dodging the April showers/hail storms, and listening intently for the distinct song of this charismatic species.
A few hours later, and our efforts had paid off…we had located four territories and caught and colour ringed four birds, three males and a female.
|Male firecrest on the left, with the orange in the crest, |
the female on the right with just yellow.