Goldcrest at Storlien

The goldcrest (fuglekonge) delivered by the cat today reminded me of another winter goldcrest! My schoolfriend Geoff Gale was visiting in late winter and we were in the mountains at Storlien just over the border in Sweden at the tree line. We’d just started (cross-country) skiing and suddenly we saw a goldcrest climbing a birch tree looking for food. It subsequently flew onto Geoff’s back (thinking no doubt he was dead wood ;) ). I grabbed the camera and just as I was going to take a memorable picture….it flew over to me and proceeded to examine me for insects…… ;) (Geoff will probably remind me that the order of events was a bit different…)
Nevertheless, I really hadn’t expected to see Norway’s smallest bird in this kind of habitat at this time of year!