Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

This is an amazingly pretty bird that only visits my garden once a year – in November mostly. It’s always a flock of birds, they never come alone. It comes to feed on the dark berries that grows on the garden bushes. It is just fantastic to watch them. I’ve heard that they also like apples, so next year I think I’m going to hang a few sliced ones in the bush and see if they want them.

The curious explorer

Almost every day there is a Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) on my window, looking in. I’d like to think it’s because it wants to notify me that the feeder is empty – but I’m sure there is a more realistic explanation to it. I’ll stick to the empty feeder anyway 😉 It also likes to explore the garden table, probably looking for food. It is also very interested in the ash tray… and the bird figurine on the porch – as you can see from the pictures below.

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The closest I’ve gotten to the Eurasian Jay

I felt a little bad when I took this picture. This Jay crashed into the window and fell down on the grown. At first I picked it up and held it gently until it came around a little more.

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With other birds that are hurt I always have them sit on a branch in the garden bushes until they come around – but the Jay is too big for that. So I put it on the ground and watched it while it rested. And I knew this was the best chance I’ve ever had to photograph it up close. They are so shy, you can hardly lift a finger before they fly away! So I just had to take a picture of it while it was sitting there.

By the way, everything went well with the Jay 🙂

A bird in the hand…

… gives me joy in the heart! ❤ Have you ever had a bird feed from you hand? I highly recommend it 😉 The first time the Coal Tit sat on my hand, my eyes filled up with tears. I felt so thankful! Thankful that this little creature trusted me that much. It took a while before it would sit on my hand. If you wonder how I made it happen, I would tell you that it took quite a bit of patience. I’ve been around the bird feeders a lot, so the birds could get used to me. And I was very patience, standing still for a long time so I didn’t scare them off. But I also found out that if there were other food available, they would choose that instead so the trick is to offer a hand of seeds when all the bird feeders are empty.

 

These photographs are not the best quality since it was taken with my cellphone.

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Climbing down, head first

This is the Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea). A very busy bird, always looking for food. It can be hard to photograph sometimes, since it’s always on the move. In my garden it is the boss of the other birds, forging the others to keep a distance while it is feeding. As you see on the featured picture, the nuthatch collects several seeds before it flies away and store it in an old tree hole made by a woodpecker. The nuthatch can climb down a tree with the head first.

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Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)

This young bird smashed into the window one day and fell down on a table. At first I thought it wasn’t going to make it, but I let it rest a little before I picked it up and placed it on a branch. There I stood and talked to it, making sure it wouldn’t fall asleep. It took a while, but at last it flew away ❤

I didn’t know this species, so I contacted an ornithologist and he told me it is a Meadow Pipit. One can tell so by looking at the hind claw – it is very long.

Willow Tit or Marsh Tit?

That’s the question! They can be hard to tell apart. On this picture you see the Willow Tit (Poecile montanus). It has white linings on the wing feathers, while the Marsh tit (Poecile palustris) doesn’t. Also, the black spot under the beak is bigger on the Willow Tit – but unless you have the two birds to compare, it can be hard to tell. This picture was taken in my garden today. The Willow Tit is not as afraid as many other birds, so I hope to have it sit on my hand one day 🙂

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Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

The air is crowded with birds — beautiful, tender, intelligent birds — to whom life is a song.

-George Henry Lewes

The jay is so pretty, it looks so happy – almost like it’s smiling. Too bad it’s so shy! In my garden I have a feeding place for the birds, and the jay comes to visit every day. But I have to sit absolutely still and photograph it through the windows. If I move an arm, it will fly away in an instant.

The very cute Coal Tit

The Coal Tit (Periparus ater) is one of my favorite birds. Perhaps because it is the only bird that will sit on my hand and eat ~ so far. It has a love for unsalted peanuts and sunflower seeds. It will approach me slowely and carefully and have me offer the seeds before it decides to sit on my hand. Becuse it’s so unafraid, it will allow me to photograph it up-close.

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