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Birds in the garden 6th January 2018

1.  Fieldfare (gråtrost) on apple in snow #1

2.  Fieldfare (gråtrost) on apple in snow  #2

3. European robin in snow

4. I’ve never seen European robin actually on the bird feeder, normally picking up crumbs below! (Female bullfinch / dompap takes over at the end)

More birds in the garden; 5th January 2018

1.  Blackbird (svarttrost) and great spotted woodpecker (flaggspett)

2. Bullfinches (male and female; dompap) on plum buds (not too happy with this), there were 8 birds altogether….hopefully they won’t do too much damage… :(

3. Fieldfare (gråtrost) on apple

My new “job” and office: a dream come true!!

I always dreamed of working in a botanical garden and somehow my wish has come true only 7 months after retiring from job as an ocean wave climatologist!
Even better, I can come and go as I wish (more or less)…I now have an office where I will be able to document and tend (in summer) my onion garden, as visiting researcher :)
WOW!
…and the staff are lovely people too :)
090118: Wren foraging and joined by a second bird120118:  It’s quite a few years I’ve seen two-barred crossbill (båndkorsnebb), but then I’ve never deliberately sought them out at Ringve Botanical Garden in Trondheim which, because of its collection of conifers, is one of the best places to see this species, the less common of the 3 crossbills here…only one female with a single common or parrot crossbill…
 090118: Wrens (gjerdesmett):

Birds seen from the house today 11th March 2017

Oystercatchers (tjeld) are one of the first spring migrants to arrive here and early March is the normal time. I was woken up by the characteristic piping call of these birds this morning!
An eagle also suddenly appeared right outside the window where I sit, no more than 30m away…but it was all over in a flash and it was gone……

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Here’s a distant shot of the newly arrived Oystercatcher lovers ready for the excitement ahead!

 

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Velvet scoter (sjøorre) numbers are building up as the herring are beginning to spawn in the fjord (the spawn is an important food source in spring) and one of the biggest flocks in the country with up to a thousand birds gather for the annual feast gather in the part of the fjord I see from my house, before departing for the breeding grounds. A small flock of 8 birds were feeding below the house today.
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Treecreeper (trekryper) in the garden
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A fieldfare (gråtrost) getting more and more brave as I move the apples gradually closer to the house!

 

Weekend birds

A small flock of waxwings (sidensvans) appeared today and the second fieldfare (gråtrost) didn’t tolerate them trying to steal the apples

Waxwing vs. Fieldfare
Sidensvans vs. gråtrost

A large flock of up to 35 yellowhammers (gulspurv) appreciated me putting out oat flakes (havregryn)

 

…and this Fieldfare (gråtrost) sat and defended these apples pretty much the whole weekend!

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Avian diversity

21 species of bird registered in the garden this weekend feeding both on natural food and at my bird feeder:
Great spotted woodpecker
Redpoll
Nuthatch
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Goldfinch (25+)
Chaffinch
Fieldfare
Blackbird
Robin
House sparrow
Greenfinch
Yellowhammer (7)
Magpie
Hooded Crow
Jackdaw
Woodpigeon
Waxwing (20
Hooded Crow
Blue tit