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  • Writer's pictureWildlife Friendly Otley


It’s easier to hear the high-pitched, repetitive call of Europe’s smallest bird than it is to see it. However, a successful search is rewarded with a view of a cute little bird with a yellow stripe on the top of its head. The male has a further splash of orange in the middle of its crest, which it raises in courtship display. There are plenty of them on the Chevin, but I recently saw one next to Sainsbury’s, at Myers Croft Beck, so you might get one in your garden. Despite weighing roughly the same as a 5p piece, some of our Goldcrests migrate from northern Europe, and there are reports of Goldcrests covering as much as 500 miles in a day! Understandably, some of them break their journeys on fishing boats or oil rigs in the North Sea. This led to Suffolk fishermen calling them Herring Spink or Tot O’er Seas.

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