The winter has raised its ugly head once moar, there is about 5 cm of snow outside and it is freezing cold outside for several days by now all night and most of the day too. The one and only upshot of this is that after a very long time, I got some variety of birds on the bird feeder again. I haven’t posted any pics because I basically had only three species on the feeder and absolutely nothing else – house sparrows, great tits, and blue tits – so I did not even take the camera out for months. In fact, I could not even find my camera because I gave it a new home during my PC repairs at the start of the year and I forgot where I put it.
Babbling aside, I got pictures of increasingly rare visitors – goldfinches, siskins, and also bullfinches.
The male siskin has a huge evergreen holly in the background so it looks like the pic was taken in nice warm weather in the summer instead of the frikking frigid freezing winter.
There were also jays, greenfinches, and chaffinches but unfortunately, I did not manage to take a shot of those. It is good to know at least that they are still around.
The bad news is that all above mentioned species were present in significantly smaller numbers than in previous years.
Bullfinches are lovely colorful birds. Great photo!
I too am thoroughly tired of drab monotone winter, snow, ice, cold, etc. By March I’m craving color, warmth, and just being able to go outside without layers of heavy clothing.
We have had far fewer goldfinches, blue tits and great tits than in previous years. We do get a lot of sparrows, and I take some comfort in providing them with food as their numbers have declined precipitously here in recent years. But the flocks of mixed tits and finches that would sweep through the garden seem to be far rarer than previously.
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