Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus
Wendover Woods - 23rd March 2008
Photo copyright John Baker
Wendover is a well known site for breeding Firecrest but although they may be heard singing, it is quite another thing to see one, let alone photograph one. This bird obviously ventured away from it's preferred coniferous habitat.
Aylesbury - 10th -18th March 2005
Above photo copyright Ken Plows
Photos copyright Adrian Parker
Photo copyright Kevin Holt
This individual took up temporary residence in Fowler Road and Rowland Way, Aylesbury for over a week, allowing many local birders to get exceptional views.
Great Missenden - November 2002
Photo copyright Jon Wilmer
This is one of two birds seen at this site with one of these being present for two months! This is a short distance from the regular breeding site at Wendover Woods and we can assume that this is the origin of these birds.
High Wycombe - 12th October 2002
Video stills courtesy of Graham Anderson
The above pictures are taken from video footage and is perhaps the best way to capture images of such an active bird. The bird was seen in the garden of Graham Anderson and is only about a mile from the town centre. It seems remarkable that such a bird would venture so far away from it's preferred habitat, although it's close relative, the Goldcrest are of course fairly common in gardens. What is interesting to note is that this sighting co-incident with dozens of Firecrest records all down the east coast, after an overnight fall. Presumably this bird was involved in the same movement but just carried further inland.
Little Marlow Gravel Pit - 18th April 1999
Video stills courtesy of Dave Ferguson