There’s one Norwegian pine tree in the garden (Pinus sylvestris) which has grown slowly over the years since we moved here and is now approaching the height of the birch trees. It now regularly produces cones, but this is the first time that I’ve seen siskins feeding on the nuts. Coniferous tree seeds are the main food of the siskin in spring.
A small sacrifice (in extra weeding) is to let thistles set seed…I can then watch siskins (grønnsisik) feeding only a few metres away! Here on Cirsium erisithales (yellow melancholy thistle)
White-tailed eagle (havørn) in flight past Malvikodden
Note that you can see Trondheim (Værnes) airport in the background…this is where eagles were flown out and over to the UK and Ireland as part of the reintroduction program…
You can also hear singing siskin (grønnsisik) in the background.
Birch seed scales are currently falling in the garden thanks to the feeding of siskins (grønnsisik)….
Added videos of a siskin feeding on fallen birch seed next to the entrance to the garden…this one allowed me to stand only 2m away and film:
…and above the siskins were feeding in the birch trees
…joined briefly by a Robin
…and showing the proximity to the road