Nonaquatic birds of Delft on a mild and sunny winter day

Well, the forecast was correct, and the skies this morning were as grey as clouds that form a thick blanket that blocks out most of the sun. Luckily for us, I have plenty of bird pictures left over from yesterday when the sun was out and the sky was blue.

Let’s start with a great spotted woodpecker, which I didn’t even know came into town, up against some of that beautiful blue. I eventually saw two of them acting as though they were excited to see each other, but I couldn’t tell from the ground if they were excited in a good way or a bad way. I’m sure they’ll sort it out, however, without my help.


An even bigger surprise for me was spotting a Eurasian jay. I saw one or two every so often out in the countryside, but they were shy as heck, and I had a devil of a time getting a picture of one, for you. The ones I saw in town yesterday were nearly tame by comparison.


Plus, there at least three of them, maybe four.


And they were chattering up a storm, which was fun to hear.


You may recall that I got a nice portrait of a female blackbird last weekend, and I lucked out when this male gave me a similar opportunity yesterday.


Another shocker from yesterday was a pair of European goldfinches, whom I haven’t seen in the countryside since October. They are supposed to be here all year, as with the American goldfinches, but not where I was looking, I guess.


It was starting to feel yesterday as though someone had opened a box in town of all the pretty birds I had discovered so laboriously over the summer out on the polder. Here’s a common chaffinch, which I didn’t spot until June 12 and only managed to show you three other times.


Finally, the parakeets were making a racket, as usual, but surprisingly willing to be seen while doing so. And here’s one just showing off in the gorgeous low-sun light against some more of that pretty blue sky.


Besides these beauties, I also saw rock pigeons and wood pigeons; carrion crows, jackdaws, and magpies; blue and great tits; a couple of Eurasian robins and redwings; a song thrush; and even another short-toed treecreeper. Not a bad haul at all for late January, eh?

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

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