This winter in Amsterdam has, for the most part, been a fairly mild one (crocuses and daffs springing up along the canals in early January and other unseasonal happenings*). But when temperatures plummeted a few weeks ago, and snow made its first appearance shortly thereafter, I thought the local birds would enjoy a supplementary snack.
A sack o’ nuts (& seeds) hung out on the tiny fourth floor
roof terrace outside my studio window…
proved very popular,
but tantalisingly out of reach…
if one lacks the finely-honed perching skills of these little fellas:
A definite crowd-pleaser!
Apparently snow is cosy,
as is taking a winter dip in the drinking water.
The blackbirds are always welcome visitors…
… and junior (* an unseasonal happening?)
correction – this handsome fella is a thrush, not a blackbird baby!
All this activity (in four square metres, four-floors up, in the middle of the city!) is endlessly fascinating and rewarding (and it’s a wonder I ever get any work done!).
I spotted this fancy sack o’ nuts hanging in the Vondelpark…
Clearly where the posh parakeets dine out!
In order of appearance:
stock dove | jackdaw | woodpigeon | long-tailed tits | great tits | blue tit | ring-necked parakeets | great tit | long-tailed tits | rock doves (feral pigeons) | blackbirds (female, male) | thrush | ring-necked parakeets
[please let me know if I’ve misidentified anyone!]