Here are the birds

We checked in at BIRK Husky, a place well known to the birding community for its feeders, which offer great opportunities to meet the local fauna, and particularly the taiga specialities.

Right after waking up, on my way to the toilets, I saw two Siberian tits (Poecile cinctus) at the feeders. A bit later, I spotted three or four squirrels in the vicinity, some chasing each other in the trees while other peacefully enjoyed sunflower seeds from the feeders. That was before birds woke up: usually, they are active at dawn, but that day it seemed that activity peaked a bit later, and the morning was slow to start.

Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

I found again the Snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) that I had seen wandering near the path in the evening. Forest is not their favoured habitat, for Snow buntings prefer open areas, so I assumed this one got a bit lost on its way north, and enjoyed the free seeds while resting.

Snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

Red squirrel

Birds were singing all around us: in spite of the thick snow cover, it felt like spring. Eurasian greenfinches (Chloris chloris) perched high in the trees, House sparrows (Passer domesticus) squeaking constantly, Willow tits (Poecile montanus) visiting the feeders… the show was everywhere, and very diverse. We even had a few Common redpolls (Acanthis flammea) visiting us briefly.

Eurasian greenfinch (Chloris chloris)

Willow tit (Poecile montanus)

The main feeding station was located right in front of a small cabin. While I was standing outside like an idiot, Marci noticed that some windows could be opened, offering a narrow but intimate view of the approaching birds. At first, it didn’t seem like there was much happening, so we went for a walk (read Varanger, Day White), but we gave it another try when we came back, and it was WOW!

Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

House sparrow (Passer domesticus)

First, a superb Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) landed on a branch. I’m absolutely in love with this bird (read Dompap), therefore I was thrilled to see one at close range again. Then, the beasts appeared. If you were here two weeks ago (click the link for more pictures), you know what I’m talking about: a pair of Pine grosbeaks (Pinicola enucleator) came just for us. We hadn’t landed for 24 hours, but my heart was already beating pretty fast!

Pine grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)

Unfortunately, this was a one-man cabin, as you couldn’t really have two photographers shooting through that hole. Thank you Marci for being so accommodating ❤ We were so close to the birds that they flew away when we pressed the shutter, so we really had one shot to make it right. Luckily, we were concealed and they were hungry, so they came often enough.


An intense experience!

Red squirrel

Bird inventory

32 thoughts on “Here are the birds

    • Merci beaucoup 🙂
      C’est marrant de voir quel oiseau a le plus d’impact sur chacun… rien que dans les trois premiers commentaires, trois espèces différentes ^^ Je suis bien content que mon moineau plaise, en tout cas !

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    • C’est l’avantage de faire de la photo: comme on peut s’en approcher facilement, les espèces communes deviennent d’un coup plus intéressantes :p

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  1. Bonsoir Samuel,
    De magnifiques photos encore une fois : attention, cela frise la récidive ! 😉
    J’ai un souvenir ému d’un bouvreuil que l’on ne voit plus guère par chez nous. Lorsque j’avais une dizaine d’année, l’un d’entre eux, assez jeune, avait rencontré un peu violemment l’une des portes-fenêtres de la maison familiale. Etourdi, je m’en étais occupée et il était reparti, ragaillardi, le lendemain. 🙂
    A bientôt.

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    • Merci Cat’, c’est vrai que les baies vitrées peuvent être terribles pour les piafs…
      En attendant, je suis bien content que les bouvreuils soient communs ici, parce que je les adore ❤

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