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I've seen more this year than I can ever remeember seeing before; is that just me, or do you think so too?
And they've been pretty cooperative as far as photography goes, too.
Not sure I agree about the cooperation but I do think your right about numbers Simon, it certainly is my experience. This seems borne out by the reporting rate on the BTO’s BirdTrack which is higher than average. Wonder what the ringers are experiencing?
I just looked at the BirdTrack (BTO) data again and the rise continues. At present of completed lists submitted to BirdTrack around 21% include Goldcrests. The average historical reporting rate is around 16%.
You're right of course, Goldcrests are never actually cooperative. But I've found them easier to photograph this winter than ever before. They're very quick though, and getting the camera on them isn't easy...
This one wasn't, I lost count of how many shots I took but only got three decent photo's.
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