It’s not just us humans who get disorientated in this foggy weather we are experiencing here on the coastal edge of the North York Moors National Park, it’s the wild life too. Sean’s just phoned from sea, he’s got lots of goldcrests taking a rest on board his boat ‘All My Sons‘. One of them is actually in the cabin with him.
Goldcrest, regulus regulus, are actually the smallest bird in the UK along with the firecrest.
The goldcrests are on their spring migration across the North Sea to the pine forests in Scandinavia where their summer breeding grounds are. These tiny birds are a dull grey/green colour with a pale underside. They have black and yellow strips on their heads, the males are nearer to orange.
The goldcrests tiny thin beaks mean they can find the food they like, spiders moth eggs and other insect food between the pine needles both on the forest floor and in the trees themselves.
If you are joining us for a day on the foreshore lots of layers of clothing are best, as this is the north east coast of England after all.
I did start off with mittens as well, you can just see them peeping out of my pocket, but got to warm…:)
Both coat and jumper had hoods for when the wind got to much…
Wellington boots are far the best thing to wear on your feet as they give you the freedom to walk though the rock pools instead of trying to ‘jump’ over them, I usually miss and end up getting wet.
The only thing that I’m missing in the photo is a waterproof coat but as it wasn’t raining when I set out and I was only planning to be on the foreshore for a short time I didn’t bother…. but I would have taken one if I’d been planning a full day out.
More details about what to bring and wear on one of our day courses can be found here…
To end with one of Sean’s regular sayings “…there’s no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing…”