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

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Why oh why did I only bring a macro lens with me on holiday! Big mistake! I saw so many pretty little birds and really missed a zoom lens. Well here are some pictures anyway; one of a Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) and a couple of red dots which are Eurasian Bullfinches (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)..

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