Firecrest in the garden today

Although we lose the sun in winter, our little valley was blissfully sheltered for much of today with the winds from ex-hurricane Ophelia, blowing all the leaves over our heads as we sat outside to enjoy the sunshine.

Hearing an unfamiliar call, I realised that there was a very small bird about a metre away in the honeysuckle and no, it wasn't a Goldcrest (which we see quite often), it had a large and bright eyestripe. Reading up and watching the BTO video, I'm sure it was a female Firecrest and there are plenty reports on Twitter from bird ringers further west.