Bird watching in the Chamonix garden

10 January 2016 | 0 comments

On a rainy day in Chamonix, Anita spotted some avian visitors to the tree next to our balcony. This set me thinking about keeping a record of the birds we see in this lovely mountain valley.

Today was a good haul: a jay, a bull finch, a great tit and a chaffinch.

imageThis is the Eurasian jay, which is common across Western Europe, Africa and India, that’s very common indeed! One unusual habit of this bird: in order to keep it’s wings free of parasites, it will lie on and anthill and let it’s wings be sprayed by formic acid.

Chaffinch

Chaffinch

And the other chirpy chappies here:

Great tit

Great tit

Bull finch

Bull finch

Greater spotted woodpecker

Greater spotted woodpecker

The birds are still fluttering around in the trees despite the continuously falling snow, and we can now add, (thanks to Sally and her new binoculars) a greater spotted woodpecker.

 

 

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