A goldcrest framed by autumn leaves in Portumna Forest Park last Saturday morning. Note the he distinctive stripe on the bird’s head.
The smallest Irish bird species is the goldcrest – so-called because of the gold stripe that adorns the head of the adult birds . The bird pictured here was busy feeding in Portumna Woods on Saturday morning. It was part of a small flock of goldcrests flitting from tree to tree searching for insects.

A goldcrest (same as above)searching for insects amidst the branches of a tree.

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