The Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs) are cheerful visitors in my backyard. There are no feeders here but it doesn’t look like they’ve had any problems finding food anyway… plump and cute little birdies!
The Long-tailed Bushtit (Aegithalos caudatus – europaeus ) is probably the cutest little bird I know! It’s described as tiny, at only 13-15 cm in length whereof more than half is the tail. The plumage is mainly black and white, with variable amounts of grey and pink. Those I’ve seen have had yellow/orange eye-rings, but apparently that can vary as well. These pictures were taken in Amsterdam
A mix of bird photos, the last slideshow in the series from Algarve, Portugal
Some raptors photographed in the Sagres peninsula in Algarve, Portugal
Unlike the birds in my previous post, the Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) was a common sight in Algarve. Still, always nice to see!
Interesting fact about this bird: Miniature tracking devices have recently shown that the northern wheatear has one of the longest migratory flights known – 30,000 km (18,640 miles), from sub-Saharan Africa to their Arctic breeding grounds.