Saturday, February 26, 2011

In the Wake of the Storm

Saturday, February 26: Winter is back. After a very Spring-like late January and first half of February, it started snowing here three-four days ago, lightly at first, then more heavily the past two days. The landscape is a wintery white with a blanket of about 20-25 cm of new snow. This morning's dog walk in Kobelja Glava produced the omnipresent Hooded Crows, Magpies, English Sparrows and Eurasian Tree Sparrows,  plus there were Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris) (20), Blackbirds (T. merula) (5), and 2 Mistle Thrushes (T. viscivorus), 2 Ravens (Corvus corax) and a resident male Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) that has been calling off and on this past month - maybe the same individual that made a brief feeder visit back in January.

After an absence of a couple of weeks, the Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs) have returned to the feeders during the storm. At least two Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla) were present again yesterday. The current feeder list also includes Somber Tit (Poecile lagubris), Marsh Tit (P. palustris), Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) and Great Tit (Parus major), Greenfinches (Chloris chloris), not to mention the Hooded Crows, Eurasian Tree and English Sparrows, feral pigeons, and Magpies. There was also a flock of 8 Starlings (Sternus vulgaris) - scarce so far all winter -  in the apple tree across the street from our house.

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