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Five bird pictures, taken  in Sweden during the last week of 2015-

(1) Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus). This bird is called Pestvogel (“Pest bird”) in Dutch, but it has a much nicer name in Swedish: Sidensvans (“Silk tail”).

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(2) Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius). In Swedish: Nötskrika (“Nut screamer”), probably named so because of its loud alarm call which is a harsh, rasping screech and its love for nuts.

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(3) Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). One of our most common birds, the whole garden is full of these cute little fluffballs.

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(4) Eurasian nuthatch or Wood nuthatch (Sitta europaea). The name Nuthatch was first recorded as early as in 1350, it’s derived from “nut” and a word probably related to “hack”, since these birds hack at nuts they have wedged into crevices.

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(5) Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula). This bird is to Swedes what the Robin is to Brits: It holds a starring role on Christmas cards, Christmas postage stamps, etc. No Winter holiday feels complete without snow and Bullfinches.

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23 responses

  1. E.J.L. Gotlieb

    Beautiful pictures!

    Edith

    January 10, 2016 at 3:56 PM

  2. I agree, lovely photos! The waxwing is called a “Seidenschwanz” (silk tail) in Grman as well. 😉

    January 10, 2016 at 6:34 PM

  3. Lovely birds, we have the waxwings here but the newer ones, to me, are a treat to see.

    January 10, 2016 at 8:40 PM

  4. Excellent photos of beautiful birds! There are more species of birds in the world than there are mammals… yet we call this the age of the mammals! 🙂

    January 10, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    • Thanks Tom! I didn’t know this was the age of the mammals. 🙂

      January 17, 2016 at 12:39 PM

  5. You really need to go to Panama, where there are many hundreds of bird species either living there or making their way through the isthmus.
    And I should probably go with you!

    January 11, 2016 at 5:26 AM

    • I’d love to visit Panama. Peru has the most bird species in the world, that’s on my wish list as well. 🙂

      January 17, 2016 at 12:40 PM

      • A good plan! I have been to Lima twice but no further, so I haven’t truly been to Peru. Someday I will go again.

        January 18, 2016 at 4:04 AM

  6. Wonderful images, Camilla. At this time of the year, when everything seems so gray and dark, those beautiful colors shine even more brightly. I especially like the blue tit and the bullfinch in that regard.

    January 11, 2016 at 8:20 AM

  7. You covered off a lot of different colour shades with those photos!

    January 11, 2016 at 12:47 PM

  8. Superb images. Lovely!!

    January 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM

  9. It’s fun to see your photos and compare to our American cousins – I didn’t know you had a waxwing. Don’t you love their plumage? And the nuthatch, very similar to ours. Lovely photos, all showing how birds can give light and hope to dreary winter days.

    January 13, 2016 at 4:24 AM

    • Thanks Lynn! Yes the Waxwings are lovely, I wish I would see them more often.

      January 17, 2016 at 12:44 PM

  10. Such lovely images as always Camilla! I love your shot of the waxwing. Superb captures! 🙂

    January 13, 2016 at 9:04 PM

  11. Wow, what beautiful birds. Nice work!

    January 14, 2016 at 1:45 AM

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