Goldcrest – 1894

Regulus cristatus

A common resident, receiving accessions to its numbers in the winter from northern countries. Mr. Dix saw a flock of about fifty in a plantation on 6th November.

Goldcrests were always numerous in the larch plantations at Stone Hall, where we came across numbers of their beautiful nests. One we found close to the house was entirely lined with the feathers of the Green Woodpecker. There was a nest of these birds in an adjoining sycamore tree. We have had several bright plumaged male Goldcrests sent to us by friends for Firecrests. Although the Firecrest is extremely likely to occur in the winter-time in Pembrokeshire, we have not yet either seen or heard of a county specimen. It may be useful to remark that the Firecrest is always to be easily distinguished from the Goldcrest by the white line above the eye.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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