A large flock of bramblings (bjørkefink) in the garden this afternoon, at least 120! This is double the highest winter flock ever recorded in Malvik, but small compared to a flock of 350 seen in February in the north of the county! Large numbers of brambling have overwintered in Norway this winter!
1. Nuthatch and Great spotted woodpecker atop a spruce tree
2. My handsome grey red squirrel disappears up the tree with a grunt
3. I had a rodent visitor in the night on the balcony on the second floor outside my bedroom…it had climbed up through the Clematis
4. Redpolls with several others
5. Long-tailed tits
6. Bully Robin!
Marsh tit (løvmeis)
Yellowhammers (gulspurv), part of a flock of 11 birds with a brambling (bjørkefink)
Hawfinch (kjernebiter) with nuthatch (spettmeis) at the end!
Bird diversity in snow
Fieldfare (gråtrost) in snow
Over 50 bramblings (bjørkefink) under the bird feeder this morning!
House sparrows (a flock of 25 taking turns on the bird feeder), with brambling and hawfinch (gråspurv, bjørkefink og kjernebiter):
Great spotted woodpecker (flaggspett):
A flock of 10 bramblings (bjørkefink) and 3 chaffinches in the garden this morning. They were also taking kale (Brassica oleracea) seed (second film). I hadn’t noticed this before! A plan then to grow kale seed for the finches in future..
It’s about as like winter England as it gets here this morning, grey and drizzling….so nice to have a flock of 17 goldfinches (stillits) brightening up the day and lots of other birds too!
Robin (rødstrupe) with brambling (bjørkefink)
There was also a flock of 100 waxwings feeding in the garden, nuthatches and a treecreeper…Malvik is bird paradise at this time of year!
It was difficult to concentrate at the weekend as there was so much happening outside the living room window…here’s a selection of still pictures and videos of birds eating wild food and at and under the bird feeder!