Theropod-Thursday 46: garden variety beasts

Dieser Beitrag auf Deutsch.

Lately, I’ve been trying to do a photographic inventory of all sorts of garden-variety bird. Our garden, that is. And suddenly sheer dumb luck handed me prime photo opportunities.

A Siskinvasion!

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Ever since a squirrel tilted the entire reservoir of our birdfeeder to the ground we have been besieged with songbirds. Huge flocks of up to 40 Eurasian Siskins(Carduelis spinus), a handful of House Sparrows, a few Common Chaffins – they all have taken up constant residence in our garden. Today I spotted, but was unable to photograph, a Hawfinch, too. The tits – Blue, Great Zombie, Long-tailed – are also still around, but it seems they find enough food elsewhere by now, where there is less of a racket. Common blackbirds are all over, but not interested in the bird seed. They can get earthworms galore right now, especially where a mole has taken it upon himself to ruin our garden, especially the raised flowerbed. Other regulars include Eurasian Wrens, Eurasian Nuthatches and Eurasian Magpies, as well as
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Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) – this pair nests in a big fir tree in front of our house.

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Male European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)

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Male Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs).

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Male Eurasian Siskin – usually in much smaller numbers than this winter.

Rarer guests include:

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Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla). Left a female, right a male in breeding-plumage, which includes a black instead of yellow beak. A rare winter visitor here, although there are some breeding pairs that stay in Germany. I have never before seen one.

What with the general commotion and the huge number of birds there is quite a bit of interaction to watch:

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Sneak attack by one female Eurasian Siskin on another! It’s kinda funny how the attackers shadows (quite literally!) the unsuspecting victim.

Overall, I was quite surprised over the last few days how many different birds showed up. Now I am looking forward to see what spring and summer will bring.

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About Heinrich Mallison

I'm a dinosaur biomech guy working at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
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2 Responses to Theropod-Thursday 46: garden variety beasts

  1. Pingback: Theropoden-Donnerstag 46: Feld-, Wald- und Wiesenvögel | dinosaurpalaeo auf Deutsch

  2. Beautiful pictures. Absolutely beautiful.

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