The leaves in the riparian forest are still sparse. The warm spring sun shines beautifully down to the ground. Everything is full of life. Now it is important to find the perfect breeding site and the right territory – and above all to keep it. A Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) enters the territory of a conspecific. The high ” si si si see see see seeeh seeeh “, basically always on the same pitch, is the hallmark of the Firecrest and betrays the intruder early. The owner of the territory immediately flies to the intruder to a neighboring branch. The distance is only a few centimeters. In contrast to the Eurasian Nuthatch (European) (Sitta europaea), however, which I saw the day before, the birds do not collide directly with one another or even wedge each other into the ground.
They seem a bit more civilized. But the two Firecrests are also busy with an impressive display, in which they sing repeatedly, then raise the golden cap and, above all, flap their wings wildly. They continue to sing what the beak has to offer. As far as the beak is torn open, the little bird – for its standards – must produce a hell of a noise.
Both birds are so busy with each other that I can approach within 3 meters and take pictures of the Firecrest on branches and even on the litter of last year’s leaves.
An impressive „discussion“ that can be captured in a great series of pictures of the quarreling Firecrests that can be admired in the gallery!
The scene of the dispute is located in the southern part of Continue reading On confrontation: the Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla)