Saturday 2 March 2024


February was a wet month, but in spite of the bad weather the birds still came to my balcony, and nearby trees. Most of the time it poured down, and the poor birds got soaking wet, and I didn't stray far from my bedroom. Here are some of the birds I captured last month, on the 27th and 28th of February. Although I saw other birds, prior to those dates I had no internet for several days so have yet to edit them. 

The Greenfinch.

As above

The Coal-tit

As above

Crested -tit

As above

Eurasian Jay

As above

As above

Great Tit

Will the Great Spotted Woodpecker.

As above

The European robin.


eileeninmd said...

Hello Sonjia,

You do see a great variety of birds out your windows. It is hard to pick a favorite I love them all. The birds are beautifully photographed. I would be a happy birdwatcher seeing these birds in my yard. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend.

Mae Travels said...

Great set of bird photos! I was just reading about the remarkable structure of bird feathers that keeps them from becoming soaked, even when they dive deep underwater, and how the songbirds that you picture have different feathers from ducks and swans because they experience different conditions.

best, mae at

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Lovely photos! I especially like the Eurasion Jay side view. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures & Old Rock Farmhouse

Angie's Recipes - Taste of Home said...

We have lots of Coal-tits and European robins over here...they sing so lovely.

MadSnapper said...

these little birds are so beautiful, and so cheery. you have a super view out your window

Nick Morgan said...

Hello Sonjia,
Lovely to see the birds that have been coming to feed at your balcony. Most of them are the same as those we have feeding on our feeders here in the Scottish Borders. We don't have Crested Tits here, but we have a lot of Long-tailed Tits and Blue Tits.
The UK had a pretty wet February, but here it wasn't so bad. It was such a lovely change not having the high winds that we had most of January. I am looking forward to warmer weather and I would appreciate it being a little drier, too!!
I hope you are keeping well.

Richard Pegler said...

Your delightful photos, Sonjia, show just how wonderful are the 'familiar faces' that visit your garden. It has been a long while (too long!) since we had the pleasure of Great Spotted Woddpecker, or Jay visit our garden, and Crested Tit will never happen! Otherwise, they are familiar faces to us too, I'm pleased to say.

Best wishes - stay safe - - - Richard

Tom said...

...Sonjia, you are able to attract a nice collection. I see only a few familiar face in our yard. Take care and be well.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

All of these birds would be 'new to me' if I could travel there. I love that Woodpecker!

Marit said...

Dear Sonjia,

Your photos are very beautiful. I'm sorry about your weather, and it rains every day here too. But I'm so happy about it, because then snow melts faster. I hope you get better weather, and more birds will visit your balcony. I feel sorry for them when it rains all the time.
Warm hugs to you my dear blogfriend.

RedPat said...

Such a wonderful assortment of birds without you having to travel too far in the awful weather. The Coal Tit always reminds me of our Chickadee. Have a good week.

Jenn Jilks said...

They are adorable! I wish could get that close!

Mike Attwood said...

Hello Sonjia, The birds are trusting you, They know no matter what the weather is like they can feed on your balcony. That's the firsst step to friendship.
Take care. Mike.

John's Island said...

Hi Sonjia :-)
It sounds like February brought some challenging weather your way, but it's wonderful to hear that the birds continued to visit your balcony and the nearby trees, offering a slice of nature's resilience and beauty amidst the downpours. The fact that you managed to capture some of these moments on the 27th and 28th is impressive, considering the conditions. It's a testament to your dedication to observing and sharing the natural world around you, even when the weather isn't cooperating.

The absence of internet must have been frustrating, especially when it comes to editing and sharing your observations and photos. However, it also seems like a unique opportunity to immerse yourself fully in the experience without the immediate rush to upload and share.

Irma said...

Hello Sonjia,
What a great series of photos of the different birds.
I think the crested tit is great because this species is very rare here in the Netherlands.
I enjoyed your blog.
Greetings Irma

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Conversation at the Dawn Gathering Leafy Glade Avian Hotspot.
Great Tit - Hope you all slept well. Glad that no one became owl food overnight.
Coal Tit - Yep, one zoomed right by me though. What are we going to do today?
Greenfinch- Go down to Sonjia’s place, of course. She’s friendly and always has snacks for us. Good stuff too.
Eurasian Jay - I swear she has the best peanuts anywhere. And all she has to do is give away coloured paper or slide a piece of plastic to get a whole bag full.
CrestedTit: be sure to leave a few for me.
European Robin: Everyone knows I’m her favourite. Sometimes I go there alone and she has all kinds of little treats for me. I even follow her gardener around and he digs up juicy worms.
Great Spotted Woodpecker: She has taken a shine to me too. She’s always pointing that thing that shoots but doesn’t kill at me. And then she looks at it and goes “Ooh” and “Ah.”
All together: Okay, let’s go and have breakfast. Maybe even hang around for mid morning snacks. Hooray for Sonjia.

Hugs and kisses - David

Veronica Lee said...

What a fantastic variety of birds you've managed to capture without needing to venture far in such dreadful weather conditions.

Love your beautiful photos, Sonjia.

Hugs and blessings

Jeanie said...

You had a fabulous birding month. You must have one heck of a terrific lens because those photos are so detailed and really so close-up that they show us all the detail.

sami niilola said...

So cute. I like a lot. Greetings.

Jim and Barb's Adventures said...

You certainly have a lot of friends visit you each week. So beautiful and colorful. Our birds are just starting to come back.

Lowcarb team member said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely birds.
We've had a quite a few visiting the garden, it's a joy to watch them isn't it.

Wishing you a happy month of March.

All the best Jan

Jim and Barb's Adventures said...

Your robins look nothing like ours. I wonder how they are genetically related.


It's wonderful that you were able to capture some photos of the birds visiting your balcony despite the wet weather in February! Nature never fails to amaze with its resilience. I just shared a new post on my blog. Let me know your views about it.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your visitors are so wonderful Sonjia! I would love to see each of them (all are so different from any of our feeder birds over here. only the coal tit evenlooks familiar, because it is so much like our chickadee. Thank you so much for showing us these beauties. Such great photography.

Teresa said...

Has hecho un precioso reportaje de pájaros, todos me gustan. Por aquí también está lloviendo, aunque cuando sale el sol calienta muchos. Un abrazo.

Barwitzki said...

Beautiful shots. It's wonderful to be able to look at the birds in peace and quiet. We have frost this night and the next, so I will use the feeder before I dismantle it and the birds can go about their usual course in nature... you can already hear a singe in the forest.
Lots of love to you.
Thank you.

Lasse said...

Hello Sonjia,
What a great series of photos, and it is strange that it could have been taken on my balcony up here in north :)
the crested tit is a favourite for me because I don't see them very often at my feeding. I don't know the reason why.
I enjoyed your blog.
Greetings Lasse

Jim and Barb's Adventures said...

What unique and interesting birds you have there! I would have so say, the robin is my favorite. Interesting tidbit about the color red vs orange. The post I am preparing for this weekend will feature many of the birds we have in our area.

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