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”).
(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.
(3) Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). One of our most common birds, the whole garden is full of these cute little fluffballs.
(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.
(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.
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
The Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) is a quite common bird, but they are shy and difficult to get close to. Their favorite food is acorn (oak seeds) so I went to a place where there are many oak trees and, this time of the year, many acorns on the ground. I was lucky! Got to see and study several jays, they were eating acorns and also burying acorns in the ground for later use during the winter. Smart little birdies, thinking forward. 😉
Not housebound anymore! But I still have one more bird from my backyard that I want to show you; it’s a Eurasian Jay, which I find a very interesting bird because he can mimic the sound of any other bird so well that if you don’t actually see him, it’s virtually impossible to distinguish his true identity. He doesn’t show himself very often, so I’m glad I managed to take a picture of him.