Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)
Species
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus). Taken at Standlake Common, Oxon., on December 16th 2017.
Taken at Standlake Common, Oxon., on December 16th 2017.
(1/500th sec at f6.3. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 8.5 - 9.5 cm

The Goldcrest is the UK's smallest bird. It is greyish-green with a pale belly and a black and yellow stripe on the head, which has an orange centre in males. The Canary Islands subspecies has a black fore-crown.

Goldcrests can be found throughout the British Isles.

They breed in coniferous or mixed woodland, preferring dense stands of spruces or firs.

In autumn, large numbers of Goldcrests arrive from Scandinavia.

There are over 600000 breeding territories in the UK, and between 3 and 5 million birds spend the winter here.

Sightings

16-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
01-Apr-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
17-Feb-2018 : Chalfont Park, Oxon (1)
16-Feb-2018 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
10-Jan-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)

18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
10-Dec-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
03-Dec-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
30-Nov-2017 : Barnard Gate, Oxon (1)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
11-Oct-2017 : Holkham NNR, Norfolk (1)
07-Jan-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)

13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
01-Jan-2016 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)

22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)

09-Apr-2014 : Hinksey Park, Oxford, Oxon (4)
05-Mar-2014 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
25-Jan-2014 : Abingdon Sewage Works, Oxon (1)