Firecrest

Regulus ignicapilla

[Common Firecrest] (pp.220–221)

Selected new records

 

Earliest and latest since 2006 (last year covered in full by The Birds of Lundy): Earliest in spring 15 Mar 2008 (one); Latest in spring 29 May 2012 (singing male). Earliest in autumn 3 Sep 2010 (one); Latest in autumn 20 Nov 2019. Excludes presumed wintering individuals seen from Dec 2008 to Feb 2009, in Feb 2011, and from Dec 2017 to Jan 2018.

2008

Winter record

22 to 24 Dec – One to two birds present; see also Jan/Feb 2009.

2009

Winter record

20 Jan & 2 Feb – Singles in Millcombe; the latter during the severe cold snap of early Feb. Presumably one of the birds seen in Dec 2008.

Strong autumn passage

15 Sep to 29 Oct – The first of the autumn were two on 15 Sep. Records of ones and twos followed on a further nine dates until 14 Oct, then a run of almost daily counts up to and including 29 Oct, with maxima of five on 21st and six on 18th, making this species both more frequent and more numerous than the usually much commoner Goldcrest.

2011

Winter record

17 Feb – A male and a female in trees below the Beach Road (Alan & Sandra Rowland).

2012

Singing male during spring passage

29 May – A male was in full song in Millcombe (Tony Taylor).

2014

High spring passage count

20 Mar – Five; this remains the highest one-day count during spring passage since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007.

Singing male during spring passage

26 May – A singing male was near the Terrace Trap (Paul Holt & Philip Lymbery).

2015

Strong autumn passage

8 Sep to 31 Oct – A strong autumn passage was noted between 8 Sep (one) and 31 Oct (three). There were records on 40 days altogether, with peaks of four on 14 Sep, six on 15 Sep, four on 28 Sep, five on 12 Oct, eight on 15 Oct and four on 16 Oct. All other counts involved one to three birds. Nineteen (a record year) were ringed during the autumn. The count of eight on 15 Oct remains the highest one-day count during autumn passage since The Birds of Lundy was published in 2007.

2016

Singing male during spring passage

28 May – One was singing in lower Millcombe (Tony Taylor).

2017

Winter record

2 to 28 Dec – A single bird was seen on five scattered dates during this period; preseumed to be the same individual seen in late Jan 2018.

2018

Winter record

27 to 29 Jan – A female was seen daily in Millcombe; presumed the same individual as seen in Dec 2017.

2019

Late record in autumn

20 Nov – A single bird on this date is the latest in autumn since publication of The Birds of Lundy in 2007 (with the exception of individuals that overwintered in 2008/09 and 2017/18).

 

Ringing

Ringing recovery: A Firecrest ringed as a first-year female on Lundy on 14 Oct 2006 (ring no. BCE530) was found freshly dead at Street, Somerset on 16 Dec 2007 (428 days; 135 km; E 92°). This is only the third ringing movement of a Firecrest involving Lundy.

Ringing recovery: A Firecrest ringed as a first-year male on Lundy on 18 Sep 2009 (ring no. CVJ628) was found dead at Gulval, Penzance, Cornwall on 09 Dec 2010 (447 days; 132 km; SSW 208°). This is the fourth ringing movement of a Firecrest involving Lundy and is remarkably similar in terms of distance and timing to the 2007 recovery in Somerset (above). In both cases the implication is of Firecrests returning to SW England in successive winters.

Photo: October 2014 © Richard Campey.

 

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