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Five bird pictures, taken  in Sweden during the last week of 2015-

(1) Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus). This bird is called Pestvogel (“Pest bird”) in Dutch, but it has a much nicer name in Swedish: Sidensvans (“Silk tail”).


(2) Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius). In Swedish: Nötskrika (“Nut screamer”), probably named so because of its loud alarm call which is a harsh, rasping screech and its love for nuts.


(3) Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). One of our most common birds, the whole garden is full of these cute little fluffballs.


(4) Eurasian nuthatch or Wood nuthatch (Sitta europaea). The name Nuthatch was first recorded as early as in 1350, it’s derived from “nut” and a word probably related to “hack”, since these birds hack at nuts they have wedged into crevices.


(5) Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula). This bird is to Swedes what the Robin is to Brits: It holds a starring role on Christmas cards, Christmas postage stamps, etc. No Winter holiday feels complete without snow and Bullfinches.


23 responses

  1. E.J.L. Gotlieb

    Beautiful pictures!


    January 10, 2016 at 3:56 PM

  2. I agree, lovely photos! The waxwing is called a “Seidenschwanz” (silk tail) in Grman as well. 😉

    January 10, 2016 at 6:34 PM

  3. Lovely birds, we have the waxwings here but the newer ones, to me, are a treat to see.

    January 10, 2016 at 8:40 PM

  4. Excellent photos of beautiful birds! There are more species of birds in the world than there are mammals… yet we call this the age of the mammals! 🙂

    January 10, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    • Thanks Tom! I didn’t know this was the age of the mammals. 🙂

      January 17, 2016 at 12:39 PM

  5. You really need to go to Panama, where there are many hundreds of bird species either living there or making their way through the isthmus.
    And I should probably go with you!

    January 11, 2016 at 5:26 AM

    • I’d love to visit Panama. Peru has the most bird species in the world, that’s on my wish list as well. 🙂

      January 17, 2016 at 12:40 PM

      • A good plan! I have been to Lima twice but no further, so I haven’t truly been to Peru. Someday I will go again.

        January 18, 2016 at 4:04 AM

  6. Wonderful images, Camilla. At this time of the year, when everything seems so gray and dark, those beautiful colors shine even more brightly. I especially like the blue tit and the bullfinch in that regard.

    January 11, 2016 at 8:20 AM

  7. You covered off a lot of different colour shades with those photos!

    January 11, 2016 at 12:47 PM

  8. Superb images. Lovely!!

    January 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM

  9. It’s fun to see your photos and compare to our American cousins – I didn’t know you had a waxwing. Don’t you love their plumage? And the nuthatch, very similar to ours. Lovely photos, all showing how birds can give light and hope to dreary winter days.

    January 13, 2016 at 4:24 AM

    • Thanks Lynn! Yes the Waxwings are lovely, I wish I would see them more often.

      January 17, 2016 at 12:44 PM

  10. Such lovely images as always Camilla! I love your shot of the waxwing. Superb captures! 🙂

    January 13, 2016 at 9:04 PM

  11. Wow, what beautiful birds. Nice work!

    January 14, 2016 at 1:45 AM

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