Goldcrest - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There’s a Goldcrest in this Hawthorn. The tree is so close to bursting into flower that it’s erupting with winter-stored vitality. It’ll soon be festooned with white, like icing sugar on a wedding cake. There are fresh green leaves which have attracted insects, including this small green winged insect. Can you see it? It’s in the beak of this minute Goldcrest.

Goldcrests weigh the same as a 20 pence piece, which is 5 or 6 grammes. They have to be busy when they eat such small morsels. Time for another biscuit, I think.

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