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woodpecker

Two pictures of a great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), taken in the Waterleidingduinen outside Amsterdam this week. You can tell it’s a juvenile because the top of the head is crimson, when it gets older that part will become black and if it’s a male he will get a crimson spot on his nape instead.

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supermoon

A picture of the supermoon last night, taken handheld with PS

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pimpelmees

Is it just me or does it look like this little Blue Tit -seen in my backyard yesterday- is channeling Marilyn Monroe in that famous scene above a subway vent.? ;) At least the hair style is ‘normal’ this time (not like the punk rocker Blue Tit..)

Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

järnsparv

A Dunnock (Prunella modularis) visited my backyard today, I haven’t seen this one before so it was a nice surprise :)

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Other common names of the Dunnock include the Hedge Accentor, Hedge Sparrow, or Hedge Warbler.

ladusvala

A Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), photographed in the Amsterdamse Bos

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ekorrar

Eurasian red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) in Sweden

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Meeting high up in the trees

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Squirrel on a swing

domherre

A male Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula), stretching after eating sunflower seeds on the balcony railing.

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svarthätta

It’s always fun to see a bird for the first time! Since I’m new at birding, this happens with fairly common birds as well. Here’s a Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), a cute little warbler related to the Garden Warbler (see previous post).

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trios

Two collages of bird photos, taken today along the Brettenpad nature path outside Amsterdam.

First some warblers: #1 Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin), #2 Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis), #3Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

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And here is: #1 European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), #2 European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), #3 Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

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gråsparv

A male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) posing on the rooftop

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