by Andi Saw February. 10, 2019 346 views
  • Habemus papam (We have a Pope)


Every Winter I put outside the same seeds, in the same feeder, and the same balls of food for the same birds: sparrows! Common, lame sparrows.
Seaguls have a nest on my roof, and there are some crows. That's it.

For mysterious reasons, but probably because I pruned my trees, and the space looks different (Open space + bushes to hide) , I attracted many different species this year.
And it's SO COOL!

I don't care about birds. I like them, but I'm not interested... Well I WAS not interested, until now, because the number of new species I was able to "collect" in my garden among the buidings is really impressive!
And I start understanding why some of you love birdwatching.

In 2019, I've already spotted a Greenfinch, a Chaffinch, a Robin, Blackbirds, Chiffchaff, and a HAWK! Yep! A little hawk (Kestrel). I saw it twice. A couple of days ago it was hunting the sparrows! Very impressive.
I thought it was the cat, so I opened the window and yelled "PSYCHO! WTF".
The hawk flew away.
Damn! :)
I was so unprepared! :)

Today, I spotted this Bluetit, and FINALLY, I can say I have a BLUE BIRD too! :)

Bluetits find a boyfriend in February, and they build a nest. They will use the same nest every year, and I hope they decide to stay here. (Same nest, not same boyfriend, smart girl!) :)

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Bethany Plonski 3 days, 7 hours ago

Bravo! I love the angle, you can see all the beautiful markings. We don't have any bluetits here, but they are such pretty little birds.

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Andi Saw Replied to Bethany Plonski 3 days, 5 hours ago

Funny you say this. 
1/2 of my body was out of the window, under the rain. The blue bird was on my very left. 

Honestly speaking... everyone is saying "Ohhh what a good shot!"
It's incredibly blur to me... 
It was certainly the best I could do, but your images are EPIC, and I don't deserve the same honors. 
I mean, my best NY shot never reached 22 likes! smile 
And it was 10.000 times better...
Oh well... it's too early to complain... 6.45 am... 
I'll start again after 10 smile 

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Andi Saw 2 days, 6 hours ago

I know what you mean. smile Sometimes there are shots that get more attention than others, and I don't always understand, but that's part of what makes being on a site like this interesting. It can be surprising which pictures will speak to people and why. 
I love this picture even more now that I know you had to hang halfway out a window to get it! grinning And now I have to look at your New York pictures too!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 days, 16 hours ago


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Carmen Macuga 4 days, 20 hours ago

#1stunning capture

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Andi Saw Replied to Carmen Macuga 4 days, 19 hours ago

Thank you Carmen! blue heart

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Pete Fitzgetald 4 days, 20 hours ago

fantastic shot, love it

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Andi Saw Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 4 days, 19 hours ago

Thank you my dear! blue heart

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Antonio Gil 4 days, 23 hours ago

Just perfect capture CRI. Love it

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Russell Smith 5 days, 13 hours ago

Quiet a stunning little fellow . I think one reason I started liking birdwatching is seeing them dance or interact with others within and outside of their species. Take the Mockingbird for example it will chase an eagle off . I guess that is a case of the mouse and elephant in the mammal world lol.

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Andi Saw Replied to Russell Smith 5 days, 13 hours ago

They are too fast for me. I'd love to watch them and understand them, but the moment I focus, they're somewhere else! 
Different story for larger birds, that needs space and time to move. I like them.

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Russell Smith Replied to Andi Saw 5 days, 13 hours ago

I completely understand at least now that I have the camera and not binoculars .

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Björn Roose 5 days, 14 hours ago

Is that bird rare where you live ? For real ? I think it's more common than sparrows around here smile

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Andi Saw Replied to Björn Roose 5 days, 14 hours ago

As far as I know, it's not rare, but it's a protected species anyway. I've never seen one LIVE before. NEVER. 
I read they are ommon in the woods on the hills... I live in the city. So, probably it's common 20km from here, but not here.

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Björn Roose Replied to Andi Saw 5 days, 13 hours ago

I had no idea they had cities that far South ...

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Andi Saw Replied to Björn Roose 5 days, 13 hours ago

We have streets too! And the Wheel! 
We feel there is a connection between the two, but we haven't found it out yet!

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Björn Roose Replied to Andi Saw 5 days, 4 hours ago

joy Don't worry about the connection. It only goes bad when the connection between the wheel and the street is no longer there smile

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Can G 5 days, 15 hours ago

Beautiful bird you captured there! In our garden, we have a variety of birds as well - unfortunately, I don't have equipment (i.e. a long lens) to capture them, but we enjoy watching their hustle in the garden. As a little inspiration or idea for you: you might have some luck with ground feeding too. We attracted two blackbird couples using a small bowl with raisins (common raisins, non-sulphurized). They absolutely love those raisins up to the point they regulary bring their offspring to show them the bowl too! smile

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Andi Saw Replied to Can G 5 days, 15 hours ago

Hi! And thank you for your suggestion. Never thought about raisins, but you're right. They are fruit! It should work! 
My birds eat from the ground the food that fall from the feeder. But it's risky, because I have a cat named Psycho smile 

I'm planning to build a new feeder, and see if I can find a nice place to put it +1

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Jennifer Paire 5 days, 17 hours ago

Beautiful photo.

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Andi Saw Replied to Jennifer Paire 5 days, 16 hours ago

Thank you my dear! blue heart

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Laurie Madsen 5 days, 18 hours ago

That was GREAT...every bit of it!
Thanks for sharing!
Beware....it IS addicting!

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Andi Saw Replied to Laurie Madsen 5 days, 16 hours ago

I am in a bad position. 
1- The feeder is in front of the window (1st floor) but birds get scared and fly away
2- The feeder is below my window (2nd floor) but the birds see me opening the window and fly away
3- Other places are too far
4- Today a HUMAN living in front of me was taking pictures of me taking pictures... I think he thought I was spying on them! This birdwatching thing is becoming dangerous! 

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Andi Saw 5 days, 13 hours ago

I take the pictures through the glass (I have terrible fogged up windows that need to be replaced).
But I use a good zoom lens with tele-converter on it, and it doesn't really show degradation in most pics.
They get used to it. (feeders are right outside the windows- I wrote a blog on that- Birding in Sub-Zero Weather)
The cops might come pounding on your door- if they do, show them this post!angel
Keep trying! You'll get some good shots!

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Berckmans Peter 5 days, 19 hours ago

This bird fits you like a glove. A bluetit for my bluehearted friend.blue heart very nice photo btw

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Andi Saw Replied to Berckmans Peter 5 days, 16 hours ago

It became instantaneously my favourite bird in the garden! blue heart

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Camellia 5 days, 19 hours ago

Beautiful bird and you have done a marvelous job of capturing its beauty. The blue is fantastic!

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Andi Saw Replied to Camellia 5 days, 16 hours ago

I'm not happy with this picture. It was raining, it was early in the morning... I hope to see it again on a Sunny day. 
But I'm so happy I found it. 
It's gorgeous! I Love BLUE blue heart

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Andi Saw 5 days, 13 hours ago

This has been the GLOOMIEST winter ever!
I feel the same way about my pics, most of the shots I have this winter are taken in gloomy weather!
It's still a nice picture and it's great practice!

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Sherry Hill 5 days, 23 hours ago

you got a beautiful photo of a super pretty little bird.. i've never seen one, we don't have them in my area, so i'll only see them thru a venue like this.. thanks! :)

oddly enough, i rarely see sparrows any more.. when i was young in Canada, they were the most prolific bird, now? all winter, i've only seen a couple house sparrows..

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Andi Saw Replied to Sherry Hill 5 days, 16 hours ago

They moved in my garden smile 
I have 30 to 50 sparrows every day. 
The feeder gets empty in 30 minutes.

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