Sunday, 27 March 2016
Thursday, 24 December 2015
Now I like to share my memorable moment,
and my favourite bird,-
the one responsible for making me all feathery-eyed,-
Behold The Coot!
For that we have to go across the pond. Although you do get them some places in Oslo, this is, for me, a true Londoner.
I met and grew to love this angry, feisty breed there. They are funny looking, and quite aggressive, but I love them.
One has to respect the coot, who will manke a nest on an anchor attached to a house boat in the docklands of London year after year. Or the anchor of the floating Chinese restaurant.
I have never seen more fuss over the placement of a single stick in a nest. I watched for 20mins, and still it wasn't done.. ONE stick!
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Monday, 21 December 2015
Sunday, 20 December 2015
This is Pilombo.
This dear little parakeet, who was definitely NOT an Easter-chicken (according to himself), was a lovely and huge personality.
Unfortunately,- he is now the ghost of Christmas past.
"Your lip is trembling," said the Ghost.
"And what is that upon your cheek?"
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Saturday, 19 December 2015
Friday, 18 December 2015
Meet Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Feste and Maria.
They are Bohemian waxwings. Waxwings are known for being particularly fond of fermented berries.
They will confine themselves no finer than they are..
"What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty;
Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure."
Twelfth Night, Act 2, Scene 3
Thursday, 17 December 2015
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Monday, 14 December 2015
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Saturday, 12 December 2015
This is Patrick.
Patrick is quite the inquisitive fellow, and he sure likes his gløgg (mulled wine). So much so that his beak grows to about twice its regular size (in order to reach the liquid sweetness that gets him through the cold season).
Cheers our darling starling!
Friday, 11 December 2015
This is Bertie.
He is a fond memory, as there used to be lots of Eurasian bullfinches in our garden in Toppenhaug. He is appreciating a typical decoration of my childhood,- the famous dorullnisse (bog roll gnome,- it doesn't translate well).
Most Norwegian children in kindergarten would proudly give their lucky parents these beautiful, and personal, decorations for Xmas.
Thursday, 10 December 2015
This is Gertrude.
She was enjoying herself so much in the food dish this morning, I had to wait until she was done before I could refill it. Most birds fly away when they spot me peering down at them from the window. But not Gertrude,- "Wait your turn" she seemed to say,- "I'm not yet done".
She is a Eurasian tree sparrow. The male and female Eurasian tree sparrow look the same, they strongly resemble the more common male House sparrow. But can be recognised by their beautiful chestnut coloured crown, and the characteristic black dot on their cheek.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
This is Bernard.
He's cooking up a feast,- although, being a robin,- he might not share.... Apparently in contrast to the known, and much loved tameness of the British robins, Continental robins are known to be shy and generally unapproachable... Chew on that if you will (I read that on the internet, so it must be true!)
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
This is the ever famous vulture of Christmas,
also known as Bob.
Bob has not visited us, but maybe he should. He and his wake of fellow vultures might need to help clean up after all the parties... I hope not too much food will go to waste this season.
Bob says "Ho Ho freaking Ho"
Monday, 7 December 2015
Meet Baldrick and Tintin.
They are our tiniest guests, (of the feathered persuasion anyway). Like most tits they come one at a time, each taking just one seed, (preferably a sunflower seed), then fly off to enjoy it in their tree. (This is quite unlike the sparrows who like to just bask in the food dish and eat all the seeds they can possibly reach. A bit uncivil those sparrows...)
Sunday, 6 December 2015
This is Edmund.
He's the second bird to adapt our open window as his entrance. Although he was far from as elegant as Tensing. He had to be "escorted out" a few times because he got a bit too excited by it all. He developed the knack eventually.
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Friday, 4 December 2015
Thursday, 3 December 2015
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
And so the seasonal countdown begins once again.
I thought I'd introduce you to some of The Monkey and my little, feathered friends.
This is Tensing.
She is a great tit. She is the bravest one of all, and the first one to start coming into our apartment to pay us a visit (and eat her seeds there). So naturally she would be the first one to light the candle... well,- she would if she could :-)