few Christmas birds

To: "'Vader Willem Jan Marinus'" <>, "'birding-aus'" <>, "'birdchat'" <>
Subject: few Christmas birds
From: "Greg Little" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 20:37:48 +1100

That sounds like a real Christmas over there. Here, Newcastle, mid east
coast of NSW, Australia, right now it is hot and sweaty, the Koel is making
a racket and I think Santa is off having a cold bear somewhere.

Greg Little

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Jan Marinus
Sent: Monday, 26 December 2011 8:13 PM
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Subject: few Christmas birds

Tromsø is, as you by now must be aware of, at 70*N in northern Norway and
this means that around Christmas we have no sun at all (away for two months)
and only minimally with daylight. This year the situation was aggravated by
a series of severe winter storms, that mostly hit W. Norway, but that also
here resulted in strong winds , lots of precipitation, sadly mostly as rain
or sleet, and very slippery roads. So my birding was largely confined to
peering through my window into the gloom, at my sunflowerseed feeding tubes;
but also those have not been very much visited these last weeks.
Nevertheless, in the morning, almost before there is any twilight at all, a
few tits come to visit (Great and Willow Tits) and now and then the local
band of mostly young Greenfinches descends on the tubes and feeds greedily.
Hooded Crows and Black-billed Magpies are as always around, the crows having
lots of fun in the strong winds, but the magpies mainly bothered by it,
seemingly. Along the sound Herring Gulls soar, and that's all I have seen

I wish you all a Merry Christmas (what's left of it) and a happy and
bird-filled 2012.

Wim Vader, Tromsø Museum

9037 Tromsø, Norway


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