On 28th May 1971, while censusing the birds of a Forestry Commission plantation near Wendover, Buckinghamshire, I heard and later saw a male Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus singing about eight metres up in a Norway spruce Picea abies. The plantation is dominated by mature Norway spruces nine to 15 metres high and about 40 years old, forming a closed canopy. It contains a scatter of deciduous trees,...

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