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Archive for May, 2014

hämpling

This little bird was difficult to identify! I googled, I looked in bird books, I asked friends who might know, but alas. The bird remained unknown until I contacted Tomas, an ornithologist in Finland who writes one of my favourite bird blogs- I learned that the bird is a Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina), usually the chest is more red but apparently that can vary. Click here to visit Tomas’s blog

hampling

And speaking of Common Linnet- Last month, the Dutch entry for the Eurovision Song Contest was named the Common Linnets. Many of you have probably not heard the song , or might not even have heard of the ESC, but you can watch it/listen here:

 

 


stenknäck

A rare sight! The Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) is shy and usually hides on top of high branches in the forest. Lucky for me, they couldn’t resist a treat (“bribe”) of yummy sunflower seeds, so I got two pictures- first one is a male and second one is a female

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flugsnappare

A European pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)  singing outside his home*, while his wife is indoors incubating the eggs

*a birdhouse in my parent’s pear tree

flugsnappare


grönsiska

A Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus), with a slicked back hairstyle after a flight in the rain

gronsiska


talgoxe

The Great Tit (Parus major) didn’t let the wind and rain mess him up, he looks handsome dressed in a yellow vest and a black tie

talgoxe


blåmes

Two pictures of a Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus or Parus caeruleus), photographed on a rainy and windy (hence the Mohawk-like hairstyle..) day last week

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wagtail

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

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