Before Christmas, I set up a feeder in a small forest patch next to my dormitory. After about a week, I could already see that it was a big success. Normally, birds around here are so shy, even the small common ones like tits and nuthatches but with the feeder, everything’s changed!
One of the birds that visited the feeder most often was this male Eurasian Nuthatch. In fact, it acted like a boss of the feeder. When it came to the feeder, all other birds (Willow, Blue and Great Tits) just had to flee away.
I think it was the first time for me to really enjoy bird photography since I came here! It really reminded me of the experience I had at Gasthof Papilio in Hokkaido. Bird feeders were like oases for those birds among the snow desert.
I observed that it only picked up sunflower seeds. After getting one, it’d fly out into the forest to eat then come back shortly.
The female was a bit shyer and didn’t visit the feeder as often as the male. It has paler underparts, as well as undertail coverts and eye stripe.
But my favourite bird at the feeder was the colourful Blue Tit. There were at least 2 pairs of males and females that regularly visited, but they didn’t seem to get along quite well though.
The female is slightly duller than the male, especially the blue parts.
But they’re probably the most difficult ones to photograph since they’re the fastest among other species at the feeder.
Great Tits were still somewhat shyer than other species that visited the feeder. Here’s one of the males on a beautiful perch.
Marsh Tits were the most visited birds but somehow ended up as the least photographed ones. It’s quite understandable though because I’ve already seen and taken some photographs of this species in Japan.
Another shot of a Marsh Tit at the feeder.
Other birds that showed up but didn’t come directly to the feeder included at least a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Hawfinches, a Winter Wren, Eurasian Jay, Common Wood Pigeons, Eurasian Treecreeper and Common Blackbirds.
Even though it didn’t come to the feeder, this non-breeding male Chaffinch was close enough for me to get an ok-ish shot. The first one for me.
And this young male Eurasian Sparrowhawk was a nice surprise! As soon as it dashed in, all the small birds just went crazy. Too bad there was this big tree trunk in the foreground blocking almost half of the bird. As soon as I tried to move the camera, it quickly took off and disappeared into the woods.