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I was not long home from my first walk when Owen, one of my fellow local nature enthusiasts, posted on Twitter about the Firecrest he’d found on a local path, so my cup of tea was quickly abandoned and I was out the door again in record time. And result! Another birder had made it there before me and was searching further along the path to no avail when the gorgeous little bird popped up at the start of the path right in front of me. This wasn’t my first Firecrest of the year but they are always brilliant birds to see, and this was no exception. We watched it busily flitting to and fro in the scrub as it searched for tiny insects, until a band of heavy showers had me heading for home again.

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