Thursday, December 31, 2009

Camera Critters: Winter Birds

a redwing (Turdus iliacus), a bird that migrates through Germany in search of warmer regions

a pair of blackbirds (Turdus merula), the female in the front. These days, many blackbirds are all year-long residents and in cities, you can see big groups of twenty or thirty birds foraging together. In smaller towns and in the country, there's usually a pair that defends its territory against all other blackbirds.

a European robin (Erithacus rubecula)

a Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla) - they are tiny and very well camouflaged against the bark. But once you have seen one, they are great to watch because they will spiral down a tree, looking for insects, and then fly up into the next tree and spiral down again.

a pair of Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus)

a Great Tit (Parus major), probably a female because of the small black stripe down the front, it's larger with males

a male Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Except for the redwing, these are birds you will probably see when you put up a feeder in Germany. To see more animal photos, visit the Camera Critters meme


Snap said...

How lovely! Wonderful shots in the snow. Happy New Year!

i beati said...

in their environment simply beautiful sandy

Misty Dawn said...

Great pictures! Your Robins are very different from ours. I really like the Tree Creeper - what a neat bird!!!

My husband dreams of going to Germany someday to research his ancestry. Maybe I'll get to go along... I don't get into genealogy, but I'll just wonder around taking pictures ;-)

Quilt Works said...

I love seeing birds in the snow - you had some great captures! Such a variety of birds you found!

...As still as a duck decoy!

Denise said...

You have shared a lovely series of bird photos. They're all lovely, thank you.

eileeninmd said...

Cool birds, I love the Robin, treecreeper and the Blue Tits are a pretty color.
Very nice critters.

chubskulit said...

Wow, you've found lots of birdies!

My Camera Critter post. Have a good day!

Crafty Gardener said...

What a lovely variety of birds you captured in photos.

Steve Borichevsky said...

A great collection of birds you have! Happy New Year!

Teresa said...

great pics of some interesting birds.

Teena in Toronto said...

It's too cold here today for any birds.

Happy new year!

I played too :)

Michael said...

Looks like the Winter birds of Germany are somewhat the same as those in England. Nice pictures.

ellen said...

What a great entry you have! Wishing you all the best this year. God Bless you and your family.

Mine is up! Hope to see you. Your comment is much appreciated.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Great bird shots! Always fun to see birds in different parts of the world...thanks.

rinelle said...

awesome! wishing you all the best in 2010! mine is up. see yah.

rinzo said...

happy camera critters! visit my 2nd entry! Happy new year!

Müge said...

Great captures! So lovely birds! Happy New Year! :-)