Phil Pearce

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Goldcrest

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Goldcrest

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“Regulas Regulas”

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The goldcrest is a tiny passerine of the kinglet family and very similar to the firecrest.

It is Britains smallest bird and can be seen from august to April. They are insectivores and eat spiders.

They nest in a spherical cup made of lichen and cobwebs, moss, and hair and lay between 9 and 11 eggs.

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They will start a second brood before the first have fledged!

They are 9cm in length. 

They have a wingspan of 14cm.

 They weigh the same as a 20 pence coin! (6g)

They rarely stay still and are a photographers nightmare.

If you are fortunate enough to see one just hope it is facing you so you see its “gold crest”

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