Goldcrest and tits


This is a goldcrest video.

In a big coniferous tree near the river Rhine today, goldcrests, great tits and blue tits; all calling.

Half an hour later, the tree was silent. The birds probably had moved on to another tree.

This week’s featured bird is bold, beautiful and brazen – the golden-crowned kinglet. Unlike its ruby-crowned cousin, there is no missing or mistaking this bird’s bright yellow crown, and while it may be more difficult to see the streak of orange that male birds wear in that crown, the yellow and black head markings are very distinctive and easily recognizable. That’s a good thing, too, because these tiny birds are hyperactive and all a birder may see is a blurry streak of gold, white and black! Fortunately, these kinglets are also curious, and they will often respond to pishing and come out in the open to give birders a good look: here.
BirdLife has published a map showing the location of over 10,000 of the world’s most important sites for birds and biodiversity, and their protection status: here.

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