While watching goldfinches feeding in our garden this morning, my wife and I spotted a small bird in an acer tree on our patio. Grabbing my camera I was able to take a few shots of a bird that we took to be a goldcrest, a species we have not seen in our garden before. It wasn't until we looked at the photos again and compared it with others in books and online that we thought we might be wrong in our identification. Is it possible that we saw a firecrest?
Does anybody have any thoughts on what we may have seen? I think the above two photos could be the key to identifying this bird. I have uploaded a few more to my flickr photostream, including larger versions of these (click on a photo above). I'm sorry the photos a not great quality, they're the best I could manage.
Any information greatfully received!