Bullfinches (dompap) again feeding on maple seeds, here right outside the kitchen window!
Put out some oats in the garden and the crows are there in a few minutes! Hooded crow and magpies!
Long-tailed tits (stjertmeis, meaning literally Tail Tits in Norwegian) forage on natural food far and wide in winter here and I see them only once a year…it’s always a joy to meet them, particularly when I see them from my home office desk! However, they had moved on in a few minutes!
I hadn’t seen a wren (gjerdesmett) in the garden for a couple of weeks, so it was nice to see one today foraging outside the kitchen. Luckily there’s some snow-free patches near the fjord which will help them find food during the next 4 days of sub-zero temperatures, day and night!
House sparrows (gråspurv) are often ignored but apparently numbers have declined in Europe in recent years, estimated at 70% in the UK. A few years ago it was chosen as bird of the year here in Norway to draw attention to its plight. It is believed that modern day agriculture and perhaps lack of breeding spaces in modern houses…nice then to see a flock of 25 at the feeder the other day!
Both of these thrushes, European robin (rødstrupe) and blackbird (svarttrost) overwinter in small numbers, mainly in the lowlands here.
Nuthatch (spettmeis) singing in the garden this morning…now it must be spring! ;)
Early this morning and the bullfinches were grazing on cherry buds…and as I zoomed in I noticed a goldfinch sitting with them!