A little while ago I spend some time in the garden of a friend who had Bullfinches (Goudvink) visiting on the feeders. Instead of a fixed hide I used a pop-up tent hide. The weather was a mixture of overcast, little sun, some snow and little rain. I managed to make some Bullfinch photos, both male and female. Other visitors I saw from the hide were Brambling (Keep), Greenfinch (Groenling), Yellowhammer (Geelgors), Great tit (Koolmees), Blue tit (Pimpelmees), Dunnock (Heggemus), European robin (Roodborst), Wood pigeon (Houtduif), Chaffinch (Vink), Eurasian nuthatch (Boomklever) and Red squirrel (Eekhoorn).
Better quality photos of the Bullfinch on my website
Lately temperature is around freezing point with wet snow or snow every now and then. Last week we had some snow overnight and it wasn't too warm so the snow would last for a day. I decided to spend some time in the hide, hoping on a raptor in the snow. I was very happy when after a few hours sitting in the cold the adult Northern Goshawk (Havik) came over. He spend almost an hour at the hide ! Light conditions were changing all the time, cloudy and sunny. Anyway he made my day. I also had a Common Buzzard (Buizerd) visiting but he was too shy to start eating. Lately 2 different Buzzards are visiting. Sparrowhawk was also flying by 2 times, trying to catch one of the songbirds at the feeders. Three different kinds bird of prey in one day, not bad. Regarding the songbirds still the same birds and for the first time this winter a short visit of a Brambling (Keep).
More photos of the Goshawk in the snow on my website, click here.