Before the storm

It was still autumn. Sure, there were fewer golden leaves on the trees, and it was getting colder, but nothing announced the forthcoming storm. I was out, looking for the elusive Siberian accentor (Prunella montanella), first in Vuosaari, then in Myyrmäki. I followed tenuous paths, wandered through secret places, and ultimately found the bird. Oh it was a short sighting, and most of the time I only saw its rufous back, when it fled my approach from one bush to the other. But still, from the distance I saw this wonderful yellow face, and that made my day.

Below are some pictures from these glorious days in Helsinki, in Keskuspuisto, Vuosaari and Honkasuo. I admired the squirrels, in their grey winter coat, cautiously coming near the feeders, or the thrushes, Fieldfares (Turdus pilaris) and Redwings (Turdus iliacus) alike, feasting on rowan berries, like the Bullfinches (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) before them.

Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)

Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)

Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

I saw stunning colors at sunrise (in Vuosaari) and at sunset (in Malminkartanonhuippu), and some twigs in flames.

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Good days.

Common redpoll (Acanthis flammea)

Common redpoll (Acanthis flammea)

Common redpoll

Common redpoll

Red squirrel

Red squirrel

Great tit (Parus major)

Great tit (Parus major)

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Common blackbird (Turdus merula)

Common blackbird (Turdus merula)

And something that will make my French readers smile…

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Next time: the storm!

Bird inventory

TURPIL TURILI ACAFLAPARMAJ TURMER

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31 thoughts on “Before the storm

  1. Bonsoir Samuel,
    Magnifique !!! Tes photos sont de plus en plus belles. J’aime l’effet de flou (buket, c’est cela ?) qui correspond justement au style pictural qui m’attire aussi ! Les couleurs du feuillage sont fantastiques. 🙂
    Cat

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    • Oui, j’étais un peu fatiguée de mon week-end (parution de mon article, au détriment d’autres choses… à régulariser ensuite 😉 ; tu es d’ailleurs le bienvenu chez moi :-))
      Belle soirée, à bien!tôt.
      Cat
      PS : Au fait, j’ai omis de te dire que j’ai partagé ton article sur ma page Facebook… de si belles couleurs sur tes photos ! Es-tu sur Twitter ?

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