Archive for December 4, 2013

Watching the garden in the late afternoon and noticed 3 Thrushes in a tree. I wondered if these were the Mistle thrushes from yesterday but closer examination showed that it was 2 song thrushes and the first Redwing of the winter – clearly identifiable, even at distance, by the promiant eye stripe which is unique to this species.

Song Thrush
Song Thrush
Photo by Sergey Yeliseev (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yeliseev/)

Redwing
Redwing
Photo by Sergey Yeliseev (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yeliseev/)

Redwing 2c
Redwing
Photo by Tiny Hisgett (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hisgett/)

Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Song Thrush [sp] (Turdus philomelos)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Naturelog:Tuesday 3rd December

Posted: December 4, 2013 in Birds, Natural History
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Working at home today and there is quite a lot of activity in the garden. The first Mistle Thrushes of the winter visit for about 20 minutes in the afternoon.

Mistle Thrush; Turdus viscivorus
Mistle Thrush
Photo by Vitaliy Khustochka (http://www.flickr.com/photos/phenolog/)

After having taken all the red berries the parakeets are now starting on the yellow berries. I read an article a couple of weeks ago that this is a repeatable phenomenon and that berry eating birds will always take the red berries before the yellow berries. It is supposed that they associate the red colour with ripeness and so don’t take to the yellow berries until all the red ones in an area having been eaten.

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Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major) 02/12/2013
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

Views of Amsterdam (5)

Posted: December 4, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Some of the boats which use the waterways of Amsterdam

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