New hunting grounds

I’m moving houses, and I spent a couple of hours at the new place the other day, shifting some stuff, viewing the garden, and meeting the avian neighbours… The first to greet me was, to my delight, a new acquaintance.

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A coal tit – one of many around, apparently – chatty, unafraid, and very, very cute.

There was also a flock of bullfinches who dropped by to say hello. Did I mention I love bullfinches?

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We have them here, too. We hear them all the time, but we rarely see them, and certainly not up close. But I suspect that since my new place has been empty for a while, they’re not so withdrawn around there. So far…

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Winter birds

I love bullfinches. And we have quite a bunch of them around here, but we hear them more than we see them. They keep to themselves. But every once in a while – especially in the winter, although it’s not very wintry here yet… – you spot them, a flock sitting in a tree and dropping down to the ground every now and then to pick at delicacies still available. Not unlike bohemian waxwings, actually. A lot more shy, though…

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As I stood there, under a neighbouring tree, trying to get closer to the bullfinches, I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye. There was someone who wasn’t very shy at all! A treecreeper was hopping up the trunk of the tree next to me, and if it was quick around the trunk, well, at least I had my camera ready in hand…

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Though admittedly, some of the shots were better suited for a little creative editing afterwards… so it’s a good thing I like that, too! 😉

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