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Sunday, December 14, 2008
After a rather cold night all the feathered friends in our garden were hungry. So hungry that even a Jay showed up.

The Jay (in Dutch: Vlaamse Gaai) is one of the most widespread members of the crow family, occupying woodland as diverse as the Siberian taiga and the rain-forests of Thailand.


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Jays are actually quite difficult to see. They are shy woodland birds, rarely moving far from cover. The screaming call usually lets you know a jay is about and it is usually given when a bird is on the move, so watch for a bird flying between the trees with its distinctive flash of white on the rump.

The shy jay is a strikingly coloured member of the crow family. It is generally pinkish-brown in colour, with a black tail, whitish throat and rump patch and a blue patch on the wings, barred with black

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Monday, November 17, 2008
Earlier this year our co-authors from Scotland discovered a Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) in their garden.

This bird is a handsome and easily recognised bird. The underparts of the adult male are rose-red, while those of the female (and juveniles) are pinkish-grey. So without doubt we can say that this is a male Bullfinch.


The Bullfinch is a widespread but however rarely seen visitor to gardens. When they are seen in gardens, it is usually as one of a pair or as part of a family party, feeding on seeds or flower buds.

Unfortunately, the Bullfinch is a Red List species because the breeding population has declined rapidly in recent times.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Eastern has turned out to be very very cold.
With frost in the evening and snow in the early morning the idea of Eastern just vanished into thin air. On Easter Sunday we had lots of sunny spells and a lot of birds (buzzards, skylarks, and other bird species) took that moment to find something to eat. We even spotted 6 hares running around on the fields. Already in the mood for the breeding season smile

When we woke up on Easter Monday our garden had turned into a winter wonderland with lots of snow and....... a lot of birds trying to find some food on our feedingstation which was completely covered with snow. We saw a lot of House Sparrows, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Blackbirds and................


huh......that is not a it is a Brambling (male). In Dutch this bird is called a "Keep".

And not just one, but a couple: Mr. and Mrs. Brambling. Underneath the picture of Mrs. Brambling


The Brambling, Fringilla montifringilla, is a small passerine bird in the Finch family and

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Sunday, February 03, 2008
The Greenfinch, Carduelis chloris, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. The Greenfinch is 14-16 cm in length, is mainly green, with a bright yellow in its wings and tail. The female however has a duller color pattern.

They can be found in gardens, woodland and farmland edges and outside the breeding season they can form large flocks. They feed on seeds, as is clearly visible on this picture. This picture was taken in our small garden.


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