Monday, 27 January 2014

What's all that white stuff?

Last night and this morning it just snowed and snowed and snowed; dry, fluffy snow that blows around a lot and drifts.
Today was therefore a good day to stay in and catch up on admin and article writing. Of course I always had an eye on the garden and also took a trip to the apples tree. The apple tree held seven Waxwings (sidensvans), two Fieldfares (gråtrost), a Blackbird (svarttrost) and the male Blackcap (munk). The Blackcap is quite wary and flies off when someone approaches to within 10 metres of the tree which must be quite tiring for the bird as a path runs right by it but the other birds just sit tight and don’t seem bothered by people walking right underneath them.

In the garden the Robin (rødstrupe) and three Blackbirds are still holding out and four Yellowhammers (gulspurv) and two Bullfinches (dompap) dropped in. Rarest bird of the day though was a Greenfinch (grønnfink). This species used to be regular in the garden all year round but has seen a crash in its numbers recently. It is thought that it is disease that is the cause and Greenfinches are very susceptible to salmonella which they pick up at feeding stations.

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